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Never the Same After the First Time: The Satisfaction of the Second-Generation Self-Employed

  • Clark, Andrew E.


    (Paris School of Economics)

  • Colombier, Nathalie


    (University of Rennes)

  • Masclet, David


    (University of Rennes)

Previous empirical work has shown that the self-employed are generally more satisfied than salaried workers. This paper contributes to the existing literature in two ways. First, using French data from the ECHP and British data from the BHPS, we investigate the domains over which this differential operates. We show that, after controlling for occupation, self-employed workers are generally more satisfied with working conditions and pay, but less satisfied than employees with respect to job security. We then consider the differences between the first- and second-generation self-employed. The first-generation self-employed (those whose parents were not self-employed) are more satisfied overall than are the second-generation self-employed. We argue that this finding is consistent with the self-employed partly comparing their labor market outcomes with those of their parents, as well as parental transfers which loosen the self-employment participation constraint. This result is found in both pooled and panel analysis.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 3476.

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Length: 26 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Publication status: published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2008, 29 (7), 591-609
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp3476
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