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Self-employment matching: an analysis of dual-earner couples in Sweden

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  • Lina Andersson

    () (Linnaeus University)

  • Mats Hammarstedt

    () (Linnaeus University)

Abstract

This paper presents an analysis of self-employment matching among dual-earner couples in Sweden. The results show that self-employment propensities are positively correlated across partners. Self-employment propensities are significantly higher for both males and females whose spouses are self-employed. The existence of ‘positive assortative mating' and the fact that self-employment knowledge and abilities are transferred across partners are presented as explanations for the results. One policy conclusion that can be drawn from the results is that if governments and policymakers want to increase the rate of female self-employment, stimulating overall self-employment might be effective, since an important determinant of female self-employment is having a self-employed spouse.

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  • Lina Andersson & Mats Hammarstedt, 2010. "Self-employment matching: an analysis of dual-earner couples in Sweden," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 30(3), pages 2197-2209.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-10-00388
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    1. Sarah Brown & Lisa Farrel & John Sessions, 2006. "Self-Employment Matching: An Analysis of Dual Earner Couples and Working Households," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 26(2), pages 155-172, March.
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    1. Nadia Simoes & Nuno Crespo & Sandrina B. Moreira, 2016. "Individual Determinants Of Self-Employment Entry: What Do We Really Know?," Journal of Economic Surveys, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 30(4), pages 783-806, September.
    2. Lina Andersson & Mats Hammarstedt, 2011. "Transmission of self-employment across immigrant generations: the importance of ethnic background and gender," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 9(4), pages 555-577, December.

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    Keywords

    dual-earner couples; self-employment; ordered probit model;

    JEL classification:

    • D1 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior
    • J0 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - General

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