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The Effect of Ability on Young Men’s Self-Employment Decision: Evidence from the NELS

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  • Ozkan Eren

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    (Department of Economics, University of Nevada, Las Vegas)

  • Ozan Sula

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    (Department of Economics, Western Washington University)

Abstract

Using the National Educational Longitudinal Study data, we examine the role of pre-market abilities, as well as other determinants, on young men’s self-employment decision. Our results indicate that cognitive and noncognitive abilities are two important, in opposing directions, predictors of self-employment. We also find that cognitive and noncognitive abilities differ in their malleability with the latter being more malleable during adolescence. In addition, having a self-employed father, being black and family size exert large influences on self-employment probability.

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Paper provided by University of Nevada, Las Vegas , Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0913.

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Length: 25 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2009
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Handle: RePEc:nlv:wpaper:0913

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Keywords: Cognitive Ability; Endogeneity; Intergenerational Correlation; Malleability; Noncognitive Ability.;

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  1. Simoes, Nadia & Moreira, Sandrina B. & Crespo, Nuno, 2013. "Individual Determinants of Self-Employment Entry – What Do We Really Know?," MPRA Paper 48403, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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