A Proposal to Improve Our Understanding of Entrepreneurship Using the Panel Study of Income Dynamics
Posted: 8 Mar 2010
Date Written: November 21, 2008
This paper aims to show how relatively marginal changes in the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) survey, particularly on the measurement of both financial and human capital returns to entrepreneurship, can yield sizeable benefits for research and policy on entrepreneurship. Accurate measurement of returns to all the resources invested in entrepreneurial endeavors is not only essential to understand the motivations and barriers to start a business, but it ultimately can provide the basis to improve the effectiveness of programs and policies to foster entrepreneurial activity in the economy. In fact, recent studies question the importance of pecuniary benefits in the decision to become an entrepreneur. However, these are based on measures of total earnings and sample aggregate returns. Thus, adequate individual data on business income and its components have an enormous value for both research and policy design.
JEL Classification: J24, M13
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