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Risk, Balanced Skills and Entrepreneurship

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  • Hsieh, Chihmao

    () (University of Amsterdam)

  • Parker, Simon C.

    () (Western University, Canada)

  • van Praag, Mirjam C.

    () (Copenhagen Business School)

Abstract

This paper proposes that risk aversion encourages individuals to invest in balanced skill profiles, making them more likely to become entrepreneurs. By not having taken this possible linkage into account, previous research has underestimated the impacts both of risk aversion and balanced skills on the likelihood individuals choose entrepreneurship. Data on Dutch university graduates provides evidence which supports this contention. It thereby raises the possibility that even risk-averse people might be suited to entrepreneurship; and it may also help explain why prior research has generated mixed evidence about the effects of risk aversion on selection into entrepreneurship.

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  • Hsieh, Chihmao & Parker, Simon C. & van Praag, Mirjam C., 2011. "Risk, Balanced Skills and Entrepreneurship," IZA Discussion Papers 6200, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
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    1. Daniel Lechmann & Claus Schnabel, 2014. "Are the self-employed really jacks-of-all-trades? Testing the assumptions and implications of Lazear’s theory of entrepreneurship with German data," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 42(1), pages 59-76, January.

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    Keywords

    entrepreneurship; jack-of-all-trades; risk; human capital; occupational choice;

    JEL classification:

    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity
    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • M13 - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting; Personnel Economics - - Business Administration - - - New Firms; Startups

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