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Financial Development, Entrepreneurship, and Job Satisfaction

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  • Bianchi, Milo

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This paper shows that utility differences between the self-employed and employees increase with financial development. This effect is not explained by increased profits but by an increased value of non- monetary benefits, in particular job independence. We interpret these findings by building a simple occupational choice model in which financial constraints may impede the creation of firms and depress labor demand, thereby pushing some individuals into self-employment for lack of salaried jobs. In this setting, financial development favors a better matching between individual motivation and occupation, thereby increasing entrepreneurial utility despite increasing competition and so reducing profits.

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Paper provided by Paris Dauphine University in its series Economics Papers from University Paris Dauphine with number 123456789/5067.

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Date of creation: 2012
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Publication status: Published in Review of Economics and Statistics, 2012, Vol. 94, no. 1. pp. 273-286.Length: 13 pages
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  1. Andrew E. Clark, 2010. "Work and Well-Being," CESifo DICE Report, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 8(4), pages 17-21, 01.
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