Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/85969
Authors: 
Bosma, Niels
de Wit, Gerrit
Carree, Martin
Year of Publication: 
2003
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 03-014/3
Abstract: 
Two approaches can be distinguished with respect to modelling entrepreneurship: (i) the approachfocusing on the net development of the number of entrepreneurs in an equilibrium framework and (ii)the approach focusing on the entries and exits of entrepreneurs. In this paper we unify these ap-proaches to arrive at a model explaining the equilibrium and actual number of entrepreneurs and theentry and exit rate of entrepreneurs simultaneously and consistently. We apply our unified approach tothe Netherlands using self-employment data for the 1960-99 period. We find error-correction of about20% per year and a very different situation in terms of disequilibrium before and after the early 1980's.Periods of high unemployment appear to be characterized by both high entry and high exit rates.
Subjects: 
self-employment
entry
exit.
JEL: 
L11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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