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The Entry into and Exit out of Self-employment and Business Ownership in Canada


  • Liu, Huju
  • Grekou, Douwere


Entrepreneurial activity has long been argued as an important driver of innovation, job creation, and productivity growth. However, measuring entrepreneurial activity is not easy. Using a newly developed administrative database of firms and workers, the Canadian Employer–Employee Dynamics Database (CEEDD), over the period from 2001 to 2013, this paper distinguishes incorporated self-employment from unincorporated self-employment, and compares the entry and exit dynamics of the two types of self-employment by age, gender and province. The large number of observations in CEEDD and its longitudinal nature make this detailed analysis possible.

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  • Liu, Huju & Grekou, Douwere, 2018. "The Entry into and Exit out of Self-employment and Business Ownership in Canada," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2018407e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2018407e

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