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Entrepreneurship, Windfall Gains and Financial Constraints: Evidence from Germany

  • Schäfer, Dorothea

    (Jönköping International Business School (JIBS) and DIW Berlin)

  • Talavera, Oleksandr

    (University of East Anglia)

  • Weir, Charlie

    (Aberdeen Business School)

We investigate the link between the propensity to become an entrepreneur and exogenous release from nancial constraints in Germany. This is de ned in terms of the movement from employment to self employment on receipt of a nancial windfall. A theoretical framework developing Evans and Jovanovic (1989) is set up and tested with panel data from German households. The results show that nancial constraints do exist given that individuals are more likely to start a personal business after receiving a windfall gain. The value of windfall gains has a signi cant but non linear e ect on the decision to become self employed. The data reveal that di erences in ability and income a ect the change in employment status. We also report that there is no evidence that becoming self employed involves the anticipation of windfall gains.

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Paper provided by Jönköping International Business School in its series JIBS Working Papers with number 2010-3.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: 17 Nov 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hhb:hjacfi:2010_003
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