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Spatial variations in intergenerational transmission of self-employment

Hannu Niittykangas and Hannu Tervo ()

Regional Studies, 2005, vol. 39, issue 3, 319-332

Abstract: Niittykangas H. and Tervo H. (2005) Spatial variations in intergenerational transmission of self-employment, Regional Studies 39 , 319-332. Intergenerational transfers of human and non-human capital may motivate children to follow their self-employed parent. This paper analyses occupational inheritance among self-employed families in Finland. Longitudinal micro data from 1970-99 are exploited. The sample consists of children aged 0-14 years in 1970. The results show that having an entrepreneurial family background strengthens the probability of entering self-employment. The results confirm the notion of the importance of the local environment for self-employment. They also offer some evidence for the hypothesis that intergenerational transmission of self-employment is an explanation for spatial differences in self-employment.

Keywords: Self-employment; Intergenerational transfer; Spatial differences; Micro data; Logit analysis; Finland; Travail independant; Transmission entre les generations; Variation geographique; Donnees microeconomiques; Analyse logit; Finlande; Freiberufliche; Tatigkeit; Vererbung von einer; Generation zur andern; Mikrodaten raumlicher; Unterschiede; Logitanalyse; Finnland; Empleo autonomo; Traspaso inter-generacional; Diferencias espaciales; Datos micro; Analisis logit; Finlandia; JEL classifications: J23; J24; J62; M13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2005
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