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Reducing Start-up Costs for New Firms: The Double Dividend on the Labor Market

  • Dulleck, Uwe

    (Department of Economics, University of Vienna)

  • Frijters, Paul

    (Economics Program, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University)

  • Winter-Ebmer, Rudolf

    (Department of Economics, University of Linz and Department of Economics and Finance, Institute for Advanced Studies, Vienna)

Starting a firm with expansive potential is an option for educated and high-skilled workers. This option serves as an insurance against unemployment caused by labor market frictions and hence increases the incentives for education. We show within a matching model that reducing the start-up costs for new firms results in higher take-up rates of education. It also leads, through a thick-market externality, to higher rates of job creation for high-skilled labor as well as average match productivity. We provide empirical evidence to support our argument.

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