A consumption-based measure of the monetary rewards to entrepreneurship
Recent findings by Hamilton (Journal of Political Economy, 2000) suggest that the self-employed do not receive a monetary premium for the risk and uncertainty associated with business ownership. In this paper, I show that that income underreporting by entrepreneurs can explain the lack of evidence for monetary premia. Using a large national dataset (PSID), I first document evidence of underreporting, and then proceed to make alternative comparisons using measures of consumption. I find that the self-employed enjoy large earnings premia that are reflected in their consumption.
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