() and Lars-Göran Mattsson
Björn Hårsman: CESIS - Centre of Excellence for Science and Innovation Studies, Royal Institute of Technology, Postal: SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Lars-Göran Mattsson: Royal Institute of Technology, Department of Transport Science, Postal: SE-100 44 Stockholm, Sweden
Abstract: The paper analyzes the selection into entrepreneurship. We show that Lazear’s (2004, 2005) model of occupational choice between entrepreneurship and wage employment is compatible with a lower average income for entrepreneurs than for age ployed. The key assumption behind this result is that the skill profiles in a population follow a Fréchet distribution. Thus, under this skill distribution, there is no “returns-to-entrepreneurship puzzle”. Using individual-based data from the Swedish employment register for 2004-8, we investigate empirical implications of our specification of the Lazear model. The results show that our assumption is reasonably well supported.
26 pages, First version: July 7, 2017. Revised: February 22, 2018.
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