Self-Employment & Ideology
University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire; George Mason University
March 28, 2012
The literature suggests individuals who favor a market economy over a more government led model are more likely to become self-employed. This paper addresses two additional questions: First, using three large scale data sets, the empirical results tentatively suggest that the direction of causality runs both ways. Once an individual is self-employed he/she also change their ideology over time. Second, large scale surveys might not give an adequate representation of ideological opinion as their questions are necessarily narrow. Nine in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs, and seventeen non-entrepreneurs in East Germany, however, confirm the broader relationship between attitudes toward the market economy.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 22
Keywords: Political Ideology, Determinants of Entrepreneurship, Economic Sociology
JEL Classification: D00, Z1, Z2working papers series
Date posted: March 29, 2012 ; Last revised: February 5, 2013
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