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Self-employment and the local business cycle
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2013 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The business cycle is likely to be of importance for self-employment rates. When the economy is growing, business opportunities open up and encourage the set-up of new firms. In downturns, self-employment may be a way to avoid unemployment. The strength of these pull and push factors may depend on the amount of human capital a person has. The findings in this paper show that although the local business cycle is of minor importance for total self-employment rates in Sweden, there are heterogeneous effects across groups. People with higher human capital endowments are more likely to be pulled into self-employment, while those with lower human capital endowments are to a larger extent pushed into self-employment. This pattern is particularly strong for women

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Uppsala, 2013. , 28 p.
Working paper / Department of Economics, Uppsala University (Online), ISSN 1653-6975 ; 2013:15
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Self-employment, local business cycle, panel data
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206313OAI: diva2:644478
Available from: 2013-08-30 Created: 2013-08-30 Last updated: 2014-06-11Bibliographically approved

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