Using newly collected data, and building upon previous research, this study compared a sample of prison inmates with various other entrepreneurial and non-entrepreneurial groups with regard to entrepreneurial aptitude, as measured by the Miner MSCS-T test. Results show inmates scoring higher than "normative" entrepreneurs, "slow-growth" entrepreneurs and "manager-scentists," but lower than "high-growth" entrepreneurs. Also, inmates score the same regardless of type of crime, first-time versus repeat conviction, or enrollment or not in small business/self-employment training programs. The implications of these findings, including the potential benefits of post-prison self-employment and of training programs for inmates, are discussed.
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Academy of Entrepreneurship Journal. 2001.
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