Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/104484
Authors: 
Block, Jörn H.
Sandner, Philipp G.
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Papers in Business Administration 2007-10
Abstract: 
Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel Study (GSOEP), we analyze whether necessity entrepreneurs differ from opportunity entrepreneurs in terms of self-employment duration. Using univariate statistics, we find that opportunity entrepreneurs remain in self-employment longer than necessity entrepreneurs. However, after controlling for the entrepreneurs’ education in the professional area where they start their venture, this effect is no longer significant. We therefore conclude that the difference observed is not an original effect but rather is due to selection. We then go on to discuss the implications of our findings for entrepreneurship-policy making, and give suggestions to improve governmental start-up programs.
Subjects: 
Self-employment
Firm survival
Necessity entrepreneurs
Opportunity entrepre-neurs
Hazard rates
GSOEP
JEL: 
J23
J24
M13
C41
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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