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Experience and Entrepreneurship

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  • Rider, Christopher I.

    (Goizueta Business School)

  • Thompson, Peter

    (Goizueta Business School)

  • Kacperczyk, Aleksandra

    (Sloan School of Management)

  • Tåg, Joacim

    ()
    (Research Institute of Industrial Economics (IFN))

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.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 970.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: 06 Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0970

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Employee mobility; Experience;

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