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Comparative Advantage in Self-Employment and Paid Work

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The author reports a study of self-employment/paid-work choice, based on a representative sample of white Canadian men. The main findings are as follows: relative potential earnings is the main choice determinant; potential earnings differences between groups is primarily due to unobserved factors: market values of observed characteristics are similar between groups and relative potential earnings, based only on observed characteristics, are not an explainer of choice; and paid workers have higher potential earnings in both sectors, with a greater advantage in paid work. But the apparent comparative advantage is not significant.

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  • Irwin Bernhardt, 1994. "Comparative Advantage in Self-Employment and Paid Work," Canadian Journal of Economics, Canadian Economics Association, vol. 27(2), pages 273-289, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:cje:issued:v:27:y:1994:i:2:p:273-89
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