Change search
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf
All about balance?: a test of the Jack-of-all-trades theory among the self-employed in Sweden
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Economics and Statistics. (Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4068-2985
2014 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Researchers as well as policymakers often view self-employment as an important factorbehind innovation and economic growth and policies that foster self-employment has been onthe agenda in several European countries during the last decades. The Jack-of-all-tradestheory argues that individuals with a balanced set of skills are more suitable for selfemploymentthan others. In this paper we test this theory using Swedish Military Enlistmentdata. This data enables us to construct a measure of balance in endowed abilities that, incomparison to measures used in previous research, is less contaminated by endogeneityproblems. Specifically, we measure balance in skills using the result from the tests ofcognitive and non-cognitive ability taken at military enlistment. We find clear support for theJack-of-all-trades theory, in the sense that the likelihood of being self-employed or switchinginto self-employment is higher for individuals who are more balanced in their in abilities. Inaddition, earnings from self-employment tend to be higher among individuals with a morebalanced set of skills.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Växjö: Linnaeus Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies , 2014. , 31 p.
Series
Working paper series / Linnaeus University Centre for Labour Market and Discrimination Studies, 2014:15
National Category
Economics
Research subject
Economy, Economics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-38647OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-38647DiVA: diva2:772792
Available from: 2014-12-17 Created: 2014-12-17 Last updated: 2016-05-30Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1425 kB)95 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1425 kBChecksum SHA-512
d1771e09ebde551310731acfa6455cd29d5e3d0e526985344eb1e6c410c418babefbed1a76cbe4d0b31d20744f467a5ad04b50e07c60b7e266efb0c78c255336
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

Search in DiVA

By author/editor
Aldén, LinaHammarstedt, MatsNeuman, Emma
By organisation
Department of Economics and Statistics
Economics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 95 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

urn-nbn

Altmetric score

urn-nbn
Total: 309 hits
CiteExportLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Cite
Citation style
  • apa
  • ieee
  • modern-language-association-8th-edition
  • vancouver
  • Other style
More styles
Language
  • de-DE
  • en-GB
  • en-US
  • fi-FI
  • nn-NO
  • nn-NB
  • sv-SE
  • Other locale
More languages
Output format
  • html
  • text
  • asciidoc
  • rtf