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Does labor diversity promote entrepreneurship?

  • Marino, Marianna
  • Parrotta, Pierpaolo
  • Pozzoli, Dario

We find evidence that workforce educational diversity promotes entrepreneurial behavior of employees as well as the formation of new firms, whereas diversity in demographics hinders transitions to self-employment. Ethnic diversity favors entrepreneurship in financial and business services.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 116 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 15-19

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