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The Career Dynamics of Self-Employment

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  • Carroll, Glenn R.
  • Mosakowski, Elaine M.

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Although it might be considered the domain of many research areas, self-employment has not been studied vigorously. We draw upon the ideas of related areas to develop a sound design for the study of self-employment. Using retrospective career life-history data from West Germany, we model the process by which individuals move into and out of episodes of self-employment. Specifically, we examine: (1) the process of entry into self-employment at various stages of the career; and (2) the career differences between the self-employed and the conventionally employed. In general terms, the findings show that those factors which account for one stage of the self-employment experience do not necessarily account for others. More substantively, our findings point to the strong effects of social structural variables, especially those related to the family, as well as to the effects of previous self-employment experience.

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  • Carroll, Glenn R. & Mosakowski, Elaine M., 1987. "The Career Dynamics of Self-Employment," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt13p1n10b, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
  • Handle: RePEc:cdl:indrel:qt13p1n10b
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    1. Heim, Carol E., 1984. "Structural Transformation and the Demand for New Labor in Advanced Economies: Interwar Britain," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 44(02), pages 585-595, June.
    2. Benjamin, Daniel K & Kochin, Levis A, 1979. "Searching for an Explanation of Unemployment in Interwar Britain," Journal of Political Economy, University of Chicago Press, vol. 87(3), pages 441-478, June.
    3. Eichengreen, Barry, 1987. "Juvenile Unemployment in 20th Century Britain: The Emergence of a Problem," Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Working Paper Series qt24g736fq, Institute of Industrial Relations, UC Berkeley.
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    Carroll; Mosakowski; self-employment; Germany;

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