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Self Employment among Graduates

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  • Dolton, Peter J
  • Makepeace, G H

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An econometric model of the self-employment decision is estimated for a large sample of U.K. graduates. Although the earnings distributions suggest that there are incentives to be self-employed, the difference in the predicted earnings that an individual receives in the self-employed and employed sectors is not a significant influence on the choice of sector and the decision depends on personal and social factors. Policies based on changing the pecuniary returns may not encourage the growth of self-employment among graduates. The econometric results also suggest that the self-employed are a nonrandom subset of the graduate workforce. Copyright 1990 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd and the Board of Trustees of the Bulletin of Economic Research

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  • Dolton, Peter J & Makepeace, G H, 1990. "Self Employment among Graduates," Bulletin of Economic Research, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 42(1), pages 35-53, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:buecrs:v:42:y:1990:i:1:p:35-53
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    10. José María Millán & Emilio Congregado & Concepción Román, 2010. "Determinants of Self-Employment Dynamics and their Implications on Entrepreneurial Policy Effectiveness," Lecturas de Economía, Universidad de Antioquia, Departamento de Economía, issue 72, pages 45-76.
    11. Heinrichs, Simon & Walter, Sascha, 2013. "Who Becomes an Entrepreneur? A 30-Years-Review of Individual-Level Research and an Agenda for Future Research," EconStor Preprints 68590, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
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    14. Edvard Johansson, 2000. "Self-employment and the predicted earnings differential - evidence from Finland," Finnish Economic Papers, Finnish Economic Association, vol. 13(1), pages 45-55, Spring.
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