What distinguishes entrepreneurs? Evidence on the motives for self-employment
Previous studies distinguish between "survival" and "aspirations" based on ex ante declarations. In this paper, we propose an identification strategy based on objective criteria. Using evidence from a standard labour force survey, we find that self-employed who switched from wage employment and created additional jobs were systematically over-compensated relative to those who did not switch and to those who switched but have not created additional jobs.
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