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Entrepreneurship, Economic Risks, and Risk-Insurance in the Welfare State

  • Ilmakunnas, P.
  • Kanniainen, V.
  • Lammi, U.

We find strong evidence in the OECD country panel to support the Knightian view that non-diversifiable economic risks shape the equilibrium entrepreneurship in an occupational choice model. Differential social insurance of entrepreneurial and labor risk is found to be statistically significant and detrimental to entrepreneurship.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics in its series University of Helsinki, Department of Economics with number 453.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: 1999
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Handle: RePEc:fth:helsec:453
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