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Title:How does entry regulation influence entry into self-employment and occupational mobility? PDF Logo
Authors:Prantl, Susanne
Spitz-Oener, Alexandra
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IZA discussion papers 4221
Abstract:We analyze how an entry regulation that imposes a mandatory educational standard affects entry into self-employment and occupational mobility. We exploit the German reunification as a natural experiment and identify regulatory effects by comparing differences between regulated occupations and unregulated occupations in East Germany to the corresponding differences in West Germany after reunification. Consistent with our expectations, we find that entry regulation reduces entry into self-employment and occupational mobility after reunification more in regulated occupations in East Germany than in West Germany. Our findings are relevant for transition or emerging economies as well as for mature market economies requiring large structural changes after unforeseen economic shocks.
Subjects:Entry regulation
self-employment
occupational mobility
JEL:J24
J62
K20
L11
L51
M13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IZA Discussion Papers, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit (IZA)

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