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Self-employment and the local business cycle

Helena Svaleryd

No 2013:15, Working Paper Series from Uppsala University, Department of Economics

Abstract: The business cycle is likely to be of importance for self-employment rates. When the economy is growing, business opportunities open up and encourage the set-up of new firms. In downturns, self-employment may be a way to avoid unemployment. The strength of these pull and push factors may depend on the amount of human capital a person has. The findings in this paper show that although the local business cycle is of minor importance for total self-employment rates in Sweden, there are heterogeneous effects across groups. People with higher human capital endowments are more likely to be pulled into self-employment, while those with lower human capital endowments are to a larger extent pushed into self-employment. This pattern is particularly strong for women.

Keywords: Self-employment; local business cycle; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J21 J24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2013-08-28
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cwa, nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-lab, nep-lam, nep-lma, nep-ltv, nep-mac, nep-neu and nep-ure
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