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Self-employment and earning inequality

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  • Jean-Marc Falter

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    (University of Geneva)

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The present study attempts to explain the difference in observed earning inequality between self-employment and wage-employment in Switzerland in 1992, 1995 and 2000. We use several measures of inequality in order both to determine the factors affecting income dispersion in the two groups and to identify the variables that drive the earning inequality differential. Thus, we make use of discrete decomposition techniques and of a regression-based method. The latter allows us to introduce a selection term in our decompositions which is of crucial importance in the case of self-employment. Our results indicate that education- and age-related variables, like work experience and tenure, are the most important factors explaining the inequality level in both groups. The importance of these factors seems, however, to be larger in the wage-employment sector. The reason may lie in the process of selection into selfemployment rather than in the differences in the returns to characteristics between the two sectors.

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Article provided by Journal of Income Distribution in its journal Journal of Income Distribution.

Volume (Year): 16 (2007)
Issue (Month): 2 (June)
Pages: 106-127

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Handle: RePEc:jid:journl:y:2007:v:16:i:2:p:106-127

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Keywords: inequality decomposition; self-employment; income differential;

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  1. Cristiano Perugini & Gaetano Martino, 2008. "Income Inequality Within European Regions: Determinants And Effects On Growth," Review of Income and Wealth, International Association for Research in Income and Wealth, vol. 54(3), pages 373-406, 09.
  2. Jens Holscher & Cristiano Perugini & Fabrizio Pompei, 2011. "Wage inequality, labour market flexibility and duality in Eastern and Western Europe," Post-Communist Economies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 23(3), pages 271-310.
  3. Pedro Albarran & Raquel Carrasco & Maite Martinez Granado, 2007. "Inequality for wage earners and self-employed : evidence from panel data," Economics Working Papers we072414, Universidad Carlos III, Departamento de Economía.
  4. Cristiano Perugini & Ekaterina Selezneva, 2013. "Labour Market Institutions, Crisis and Gender Earnings Gap in Eastern Europe," Working Papers 328, Institut für Ost- und Südosteuropaforschung (Institute for East and South-East European Studies).

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