Hans K. Hvide is SIRE Professor of Economics and Finance at the University of Aberdeen. He has previously held positions at the Norwegian School of Economics and Business (NHH), from which he received his Ph.D. in 1998, and as visiting associate professor at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He is also a research affiliate at the CEPR.

His research includes economics of entrepreneurship, personnel economics (tournaments, delegation), behavioral economics (overconfidence, memory) and corporate finance (corporate governance, capital structure).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in April 2005.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 11303

We document three new facts about entrepreneurship. First, a majority of male entrepreneurs start a firm in the same or a closely related industry as their fathers' industry of employment. Second, this tendency is correlated with intelligence: higher-IQ entrepreneurs are less likely to follow their fathers. Third, an entrepreneur that...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7206

A tradition from Knight (1921) argues that more risk tolerant individuals are more likely to become entrepreneurs, but perform worse. We test these predictions with two risk tolerance proxies: stock market participation and personal leverage. Using investment data for 400,000 individuals, we find that common stock investors are around 50...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 7146

In the large literature on firm performance, economists have given little attention to entrepreneurs. We use deaths of more than 500 entrepreneurs as a source of exogenous variation, and ask whether this variation can explain shifts in firm performance. Using longitudinal data, we find large and sustained effects of entrepreneurs...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6609

We study how firm-specific complementary assets and intellectual property rights affect the management of knowledge workers. The main results show when a firm will wish to sue workers that leave with innovative ideas, and the effects of complementary assets on wages and on worker initiative. We argue that firms protected...