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Title:New firms - different jobs? An inquiry into the quality of employment in start-ups and incumbents PDF Logo
Authors:Koch, Andreas
Späth, Jochen
Issue Date:2009
Series/Report no.:IAW-Diskussionspapiere 50
Abstract:The present contribution addresses the question whether and how qualitative aspects of employmentlike weekly hours of work, wages or qualificationdiffer between new and established firms. Although a wide strand of literature in entrepreneurship research analyses the employment effects of start-ups vs. incumbent firms, our knowledge about differences in these qualitative aspects of employment is rather poor. Labour market research, on the other hand, has been thoroughly accounting for the consequences of technological and organisational change on the characteristics and turnover of jobs, but it rarely has been attempting to consider the relevance of firm entry. Based on the Establishment History Panel, a plant-level dataset constructed from employment information and comprising nearly the entire German economy, we find significant differences between new and incumbent firms with respect to employment quality. Surprisingly, the difference regarding the share of high-qualified labour isthough highly significantnot as high as commonly expected.
Subjects:Start-ups
Employment
Quality of Employment
Germany
Establishment History Panel
Qualification
Wages
Part-Time
Marginal Employment
JEL:J24
J31
J82
M13
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:IAW-Diskussionspapiere, Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW)

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