Where do entrepreneurial skills come from?
AbstractApplying Lazear’s jack-of-all-trades theory we investigate the formation of entrepreneurial skills in two datasets on innovative new firms. Our results suggest that traditional human capital indicators individually have little or no influence on entrepreneurial skills. However, consistent with Lazaer’s theory those entrepreneurs who exhibit a varied set of work experience have higher entrepreneurial skills relevant for starting and growing a firm. This supports the notion that a varied set of work experiences rather than depth of any particular type of experience or education is important for the development of entrepreneurial skills.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 48274.
Date of creation: 2013
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Publication status: Published in Applied Economics Letters 12.20(2013): pp. 1183-1186
Entrepreneurial skills; jack-of-all trades; new venture creation; human capital;
Other versions of this item:
- J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
- L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
- M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2013-07-20 (All new papers)
- NEP-BEC-2013-07-20 (Business Economics)
- NEP-CSE-2013-07-20 (Economics of Strategic Management)
- NEP-ENT-2013-07-20 (Entrepreneurship)
- NEP-PPM-2013-07-20 (Project, Program & Portfolio Management)
- NEP-SBM-2013-07-20 (Small Business Management)
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- Stuetzer, Michael & Obschonka, Martin & Schmitt-Rodermund, Eva, 2012.
"Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs,"
37524, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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- Hessels, Jolanda & Brixy, Udo & Naudé, Wim & Gries, Thomas, 2014. "Skill Variety, Innovation and New Business Formation," IZA Discussion Papers 7889, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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