Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/183376
Authors: 
Andersson, Fredrik
Heyman, Fredrik
Norbäck, Pehr-Johan
Persson, Lars
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IFN Working Paper 1147
Abstract: 
Recent studies document a 30-year decline in various measures of entrepreneurship in the United States. In contrast, using detailed Swedish employer-employee data over the period 1990-2013, we find no decline in Swedish entrepreneurial activity. Aggregate net job creation is greatest among the youngest firms in the Swedish business sector. Moreover, most of the net job creation by young firms takes place in the expanding service sector. We argue that a key explanation for the high entrepreneurial activity in the Swedish business sector during the last two decades stems from economic reforms in the 1990s that mitigated several hurdles to entrepreneurship.
Subjects: 
Entrepreneurship
Job dynamics
Matched employer-employee data
Industrial structure and structural change
JEL: 
J23
K23
L26
L51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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