Persistence in Entrepreneurship and its Implications for the European Entrepreneurial Promotion Policy
30 Pages Posted: 13 Jan 2010 Last revised: 20 Jan 2011
Date Written: April 4, 2010
By considering entrepreneurs who hire employees and own-account workers as related but distinct groups within self-employment, this work analyzes the roles of different factors in self-employment survival in Europe from a new perspective: contrasting the determinants of own-account self-employment survival with those affecting employers’ survival in the EU-15. Our results confirm the presence of persistence in entrepreneurship. However, we also obtain a strong negative effect on survival of entering self-employment from unemployment. Hence, policymakers should balance these mixed results to evaluate the medium- and long-term suitability of the existing entrepreneurial promotion policy across European regions.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, own-account workers, employers, persistence, entrepreneurial promotion
JEL Classification: J18, J24, J38, J64
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