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dc.contributor.authorDe Mel, Sureshen_US
dc.contributor.authorMcKenzie, Daviden_US
dc.contributor.authorWoodruff, Christopheren_US
dc.date.accessioned2008-07-25en_US
dc.date.accessioned2010-07-07T11:29:56Z-
dc.date.available2010-07-07T11:29:56Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.piurn:nbn:de:101:1-2008060556en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/34838-
dc.description.abstractIs the vast army of the self-employed in low income countries a source of employment generation? We use data from surveys in Sri Lanka to compare the characteristics of own account workers (non-employers) with wage workers and with owners of larger firms. We use a rich set of measures of background, ability, and attitudes, including lottery experiments measuring risk attitudes. Consistent with the ILO´s views of the self employed (represented by Tokman), we find that 2/3rds to 3/4ths of the own account workers have characteristics which are more like wage workers than larger firm owners. This suggests the majority of the own account workers are unlikely to become employers. Using a two and a half year panel of enterprises, we show that the minority of own account workers who are more like larger firm owners are more likely to expand by adding paid employees. The analysis suggests that finance is not the sole constraint to growth of microenterprises, and provides an explanation for the low rates of growth of enterprises supported by microlending.en_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherIZA Bonnen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesIZA Discussion Papers 3511en_US
dc.subject.jelO17en_US
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.keywordEntrepreneurshipen_US
dc.subject.keywordself-employmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordDe Sotoen_US
dc.subject.stwUnternehmeren_US
dc.subject.stwSelbstständigeen_US
dc.subject.stwPersönlichkeitspsychologieen_US
dc.subject.stwRisikopräferenzen_US
dc.subject.stwInformeller Sektoren_US
dc.subject.stwMikrofinanzierungen_US
dc.subject.stwSri Lankaen_US
dc.titleWho are the microenterprise owners? Evidence from Sri Lanka on Tokman v. de Sotoen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn569673917en_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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