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The dynamics of combining self-employment and employment

Frédéric Delmar (), Timothy Folta () and Karl Wennberg ()
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Timothy Folta: Purdue University

No 2008:23, Working Paper Series from IFAU - Institute for Evaluation of Labour Market and Education Policy

Abstract: This study examines the extent to which wage-earning workers are simultaneously self-employed, a phenomenon not thoroughly investigated in earlier studies. We use matched employee-employer databases to present a detailed investigation of self-employment patterns within the post industrial sectors in Sweden from 1990 to 2002. We find that persons that combine self-employment with waged work constitute a majority of the total number of self-employed, and that most people enter self-employment by engaging first in combinatory work, indicating that the decision to move to self-employment is more complex than characterized in earlier research.

Keywords: Self-employment; income dynamics; entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J24 J60 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2008-11-04
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-ent and nep-lab
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Forthcoming in Management Science, 2009.

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