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Self-Employment after Socialism: Intergenerational Links, Entrepreneurial Values, and Human Capital

  • Michael Fritsch

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

  • Alina Rusakova

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    (School of Economics and Business Administration, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena)

Drawing on representative household data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, we examine the role of an early precursor of entrepreneurial development - parental role models - for the individual decision to become self-employed in the post-unified Germany. The findings suggest that the socialist regime significantly damaged this mechanism of an intergenerational transmission of entrepreneurial attitudes among East Germans with a tertiary degree that have experienced a particularly strong ideological indoctrination. However, we find a significant and positive relationship between the presence of a parental role model and the decision to become self-employed for less-educated people. For West Germans the positive relationship holds irrespective of the level of education.

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Paper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2012-022.

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