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Using Self-employment as Proxy for Entrepreneurship: Some Empirical Caveats
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden; Stockholm School of Economics/EHFF, Stockholm, Sweden.
The Ratio Institute, Stockholm, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5610-8526
Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Stockholm, Sweden.
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Abstract [en]

Research on entrepreneurship has received an increased amount of interest inrecent years, with self-employment being used as the most common proxy for“entrepreneurship” in empirical studies. However, there are various ways of defining selfemployment,making it a somewhat dubious proxy. This may flaw the analysis, especially incross-country studies, since the documentation of data often is insufficient and difficult toaccess due to language barriers. We present an analysis of Swedish self-employment data. Weshow that the measurement of self-employment has changed over time to noticeably affect thereported number of self-employed in the two major statistical sources on self-employment.The reported development of self-employment sometimes differs diametrically depending onsource. Sweden is occasionally erroneously reported to show the largest increase in self-employment in cross-country studies. Our study mimics the results of other country-specificanalyses and we conclude that well-grounded conclusions require that the advantages anddisadvantages of different statistical sources are recognized.

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Stockholm: Ratio , 2010.
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Ratio Working Papers ; 154
Keywords [en]
Labor Force Survey, RAMS, self-employed, self-employment, entrepreneurship.
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Economics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-64388OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-64388DiVA, id: diva2:1175512
Available from: 2018-01-18 Created: 2018-01-18 Last updated: 2018-01-18Bibliographically approved

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