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Title:The jack-of-all-trades entrepreneur: innate talent or acquired skill? PDF Logo
Authors:Silva, Olmo
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 2264
Abstract:Cross-sectional tests of the Jack-of-All-Trades theory of entrepreneurship invariably conclude that accumulation of balanced skill-mix across different fields of expertise stimulates entrepreneurship. Yet, none of these considers individual unobservable characteristics which may simultaneously determine skill accumulation and occupational choice. Using panel techniques to control for this, I show that gathering expertise across various subjects does not increase the chances of becoming entrepreneur.
Subjects:entrepreneurship
occupational choice
skills
JEL:M13
J23
J24
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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