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Entrepreneurship, Wage Employment and Control in an Occupational Choice Framework

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  • Robin Douhan

    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN) and Uppsala University)

  • Mirjam van Praag

    (University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship, Max Planck Institute of Economics, IZA)

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We combine two empirical observations in a general equilibrium occupational choice model. The first is that entrepreneurs have more control than employees over the employment of and accruals from assets, such as human capital. The second observation is that entrepreneurs enjoy higher returns to human capital than employees. We present an intuitive model showing that more control (observation 1) may be an explanation for higher returns (observation 2); its main outcome is that returns to ability are higher in higher control environments. This provides a theoretical underpinning for the control-based explanation for higher returns to human capital for entrepreneurs.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 09-055/3.

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Date of creation: 29 Jun 2009
Date of revision: 23 Jul 2009
Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20090055

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Ability; Occupational Choice; Human Capital; Wage Structure;

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  1. Fossen, Frank & Büttner, Tobias, 2013. "The returns to education for opportunity entrepreneurs, necessity entrepreneurs, and paid employees," Annual Conference 2013 (Duesseldorf): Competition Policy and Regulation in a Global Economic Order 79691, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.
  2. van Praag, Mirjam & van Witteloostuijn, Arjen & van der Sluis, Justin, 2009. "Returns for Entrepreneurs vs. Employees: The Effect of Education and Personal Control on the Relative Performance of Entrepreneurs vs. Wage Employees," IZA Discussion Papers 4628, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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