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Do entrepreneurs really earn less?

Alina Sorgner, Michael Fritsch () and Alexander Kritikos ()

Small Business Economics, 2017, vol. 49, issue 2, 251-272

Abstract: Abstract Based on large representative German household survey data, we compare incomes of the self-employed with those of paid employees. We find that the entrepreneurial income gap is largest for those holding a tertiary degree, but in two directions: positive for employers (self-employed with further employees) and negative for solo entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs holding a tertiary degree also face the greatest income variation. However, some solo self-employed earn more than their employed counterparts, in particular those with a university entrance degree as the highest level of education.

Keywords: Income; Entrepreneurship; Self-employment; Germany (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L26 D22 D31 J24 J31 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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