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Self-Employment and Windfall Gains: Evidence from the Swedish Lottery

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  • Lindh, Thomas
  • Ohlsson, Henry

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Is the decision to become self-employed constrained by access to credit? Swedish microdata suggest that the probability of being self-employed increases when people receive windfall gains in the form of lottery winnings and inheritances. The data, therefore, are consistent with the hypothesis that liquidity constraints are binding on the decision to become and stay self-employed. Copyright 1996 by Royal Economic Society.

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Article provided by Royal Economic Society in its journal The Economic Journal.

Volume (Year): 106 (1996)
Issue (Month): 439 (November)
Pages: 1515-26

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Handle: RePEc:ecj:econjl:v:106:y:1996:i:439:p:1515-26

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