Scandinavian Working Papers in Economics

Working Paper Series,
Research Institute of Industrial Economics

No 970: Experience and Entrepreneurship

Christopher I. Rider , Peter Thompson , Aleksandra Kacperczyk and Joacim Tåg ()
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Christopher I. Rider: Goizueta Business School, Postal: Emory University
Peter Thompson: Goizueta Business School, Postal: Emory University
Aleksandra Kacperczyk: Sloan School of Management, Postal: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Joacim Tåg: Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN), Postal: P.O. Box 55665, SE-102 15 Stockholm, Sweden

Abstract: We document in two very different datasets an inverted U-shaped relationship between work experience and entrepreneurship among movers. The first dataset consists of 1,248, U.S. lawyers who were forced to seek alternative employment after the sudden dissolutions of their employers. The second consists of over 7.5 million observations on Swedish workers, where job separation is predominantly unrelated to job destruction. Our empirical results are consistent with a model of stochastic accumulation of employer-specific and transferable skills, where the mix between the two is not fully observable to outside parties.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Employee mobility; Experience

JEL-codes: D20; J20; L26; M50

38 pages, August 6, 2013

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