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The Labor Market Value of Experience from Temporary Self-employment

Monia Lougui () and Anders Broström
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Monia Lougui: Ratio & Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies (CESIS)

No 484, Working Paper Series in Economics and Institutions of Innovation from Royal Institute of Technology, CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies

Abstract: This paper explores the evaluation of experience from self-employment on the Swedish labor market. Specifically, we analyze the wage remuneration of individuals moving from a spell in self-employment to regular employment as compared to a control group of individuals without such experience. To tackle the challenge of estimating the average effect of treatment, we seek to reduce unobserved heterogeneity across groups by only considering individuals moving into self-employment after being displaced in the context of employer exit, and setting up the control group to consist of individuals moving from the same exiting firms into new employment. To further ensure similarity on key observables with the treated group, we select the control group through coarsened exact matching. Our results demonstrate that the average treatment effect is positive. In further exploration, we find evidence suggesting that this effect is at least partially driven by self-employment experiences being positively evaluated for jobs requiring general and managerial skills rather than industry-specific expertise.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship valuation; Labor market mobility; Entry wage; Firm closure; Necessity entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: E24 J30 J60 L26 M13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 23 pages
Date: 2020-01-28
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