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Title:Entrepreneurship: origins and returns PDF Logo
Authors:Berglann, Helge
Moen, Espen R.
Røed, Knut
Skogstrøm, Jens Fredrik
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA Discussion Papers 4250
Abstract:We examine the origins and outcome of entrepreneurship on the basis of exceptionally comprehensive Norwegian matched worker-firm-owner data. In contrast to most existing studies, our notion of entrepreneurship not only comprises self-employment, but also employment in partly self-owned limited liability firms. Based on this extended entrepreneurship concept, we find that entrepreneurship tends to be profitable. It also raises income uncertainty, but the most successful quartile gains much more than the least successful quartile loses. Key determinants of the decision to become an entrepreneur are occupational qualifications, family resources, gender, and work environments. Individual unemployment encourages, while aggregate unemployment discourages entrepreneurship.
Subjects:Entrepreneurship
self-employment
spin-offs
JEL:L26
M13
Persistent Identifier of the first edition:urn:nbn:de:101:1-20090703129
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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