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Intra-Generational Social Mobility and Entrepreneurship in Uruguay

Daniel Bukstein and Nestor Gandelman

Latin American Journal of Economics-formerly Cuadernos de Economía, 2014, vol. 51, issue 2, 227-245

Abstract: In this paper we follow an income-based, time-dependence approach to measure the impact of entrepreneurship on social mobility in Uruguay. The working definition of entrepreneur is business owners with employees. Using household surveys from 1982 to 2010 we show that their income level, income volatility, and evolution over the business cycle are consistent with them being opportunity entrepreneurs. Self-employed workers are more similar to necessity entrepreneurs. We find significant evidence that entrepreneurship is associated with greater social mobility while self-employment is not.

Keywords: income mobility; social mobility; entrepreneurship; pseudo-panels (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 L26 O15 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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