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Self-employment and the role of health insurance in the U.S

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  • Gumus, Gulcin
  • Regan, Tracy L.

We investigate the role of health insurance coverage in explaining transitions in and out of entrepreneurship in the U.S. We first consider the effect of individual coverage, along with that from a spouse, on the likelihood of entry and exit. Next, we examine the tax deductions granted to the self-employed through amendments made to the 1986 Tax Reform Act. Using the Current Population Surveys for 1996–2007, we find that while the increasingly generous tax deductions left entry decisions largely unaffected, they had limited effects on exits. Thus, the health care system in the U.S. may have implications for entrepreneurial activity.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

Volume (Year): 30 (2015)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 357-374

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:30:y:2015:i:3:p:357-374
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2014.01.001
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