Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/90136
Authors: 
Fritsch, Michael
Kritikos, Alexander S.
Pijnenburg, Katharina
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Paper 7852
Abstract: 
We investigate whether people are more willing to become self-employed during boom periods or during recessions and to what extent business cycles or unemployment levels influence entries into entrepreneurship. Our analysis for Germany reveals that there is a positive relationship between unemployment rates and start-up activities. Moreover, new business formation is higher during recessions than in boom periods. This implies that new business formation is counter-cyclical. When disentangling periods of low and high unemployment we find that the effect of unemployment on new business formation is only statistically significant if the level of unemployment is below the trend, indicating a low unemployment retain effect.
Subjects: 
self-employment
business cycle
unemployment
start-up
JEL: 
L26
E32
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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