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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: What Makes an Entrepreneur?
Authors: Blanchflower, David
Oswald, Andrew J
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Issue Date: Jan-1998
Publisher: University of Chicago Press for the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) and the Society of Labor Economists
Citation: Blanchflower D & Oswald AJ (1998) What Makes an Entrepreneur?, Journal of Labor Economics, 16 (1), pp. 26-60.
Abstract: This article uses various micro data sets to study entrepreneurship. Consistent with the existence of capital constraints on potential entrepreneurs, the estimates imply that the probability of self‐employment depends positively upon whether the individual ever received an inheritance or gift. When directly questioned in interview surveys, potential entrepreneurs say that raising capital is their principal problem. Consistent with our theoretical model's predictions, the self‐employed report higher levels of job and life satisfaction than employees. Childhood psychological test scores, however, are not strongly correlated with later self‐employment.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: © 1998 by The University of Chicago. All rights reserved.
Affiliation: Economics
University of Warwick

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