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Taxes and Entrepreneurial Endurance: Evidence From the Self-Employed

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Do taxes drive entrepreneurs out of business? This paper uses panel data on self-employed workers to examine whether differential income and payroll taxes affect their decisions to continue operating or to close their doors and take wage-and-salary jobs. I exploit statutory variations in the tax treatment of wage and self-employment income using data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics. Taking into account the endogeneity of individual-level tax rates, I find that higher relative marginal tax rates on self-employment income do not necessarily increase the probability of exit.

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  • Bruce, Donald, 2002. "Taxes and Entrepreneurial Endurance: Evidence From the Self-Employed," National Tax Journal, National Tax Association;National Tax Journal, vol. 55(1), pages 5-24, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:ntj:journl:v:55:y:2002:i:1:p:5-24
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    1. Douglas Holtz-Eakin & David Joulfaian & Harvey S. Rosen, 1994. "Entrepreneurial Decisions and Liquidity Constraints," RAND Journal of Economics, The RAND Corporation, vol. 25(2), pages 334-347, Summer.
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    3. Bates, Timothy, 1990. "Entrepreneur Human Capital Inputs and Small Business Longevity," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 72(4), pages 551-559, November.
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