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Confronting Neoclassical Myths about Self-employment in Latin America


  • Gabriel V. Montes-Rojas

    (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and City University London,


This article analyzes the nature of micro-entrepreneurship in Argentina and relates it to the empirical evidence available for other Latin American countries. It focuses on whether the sector resembles the neoclassical view, characterized by the risk-taking nature of the entrepreneurial activity, or if it is a precarious form of employment of last resort. The evidence confronts the neoclassical view of the micro-entrepreneur sector. It is argued that self-employment should be interpreted as functional to the capital accumulation process and not as a residual activity. JEL classification: J23, L25

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  • Gabriel V. Montes-Rojas, 2010. "Confronting Neoclassical Myths about Self-employment in Latin America," Review of Radical Political Economics, Union for Radical Political Economics, vol. 42(1), pages 50-65, March.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:reorpe:v:42:y:2010:i:1:p:50-65

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    micro-firms; self-employment;

    JEL classification:

    • J23 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Demand
    • L25 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Firm Performance


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