Self-Employed But Looking: A Labor Market Experiment

52 Pages Posted: 7 Dec 2012

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Philipp Koellinger

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Erasmus School of Economics; Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM)

Julija Mell

ESSEC Business School

Irene Pohl

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Christian Roessler

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR); Brown University

Theresa Treffers

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences

Date Written: December 6, 2012

Abstract

We examine whether having previously been self-employed is a negative signal on the job market. In a UK field experiment where two applications of otherwise equally qualified individuals were sent out in response to the same vacancies in human resource management, we find that entrepreneurs systematically receive fewer responses than non-entrepreneurs. Empirical studies that treat market wages as the opportunity cost of remaining self-employed are therefore likely to overestimate alternative earnings to entrepreneurship.

Keywords: occupational choice, self-employment, discrimination, entrepreneurial incomes, natural field experiment

Suggested Citation

Koellinger, Philipp and Mell, Julija and Pohl, Irene and Roessler, Christian and Treffers, Theresa, Self-Employed But Looking: A Labor Market Experiment (December 6, 2012). ERIM Report Series Reference No. ERS-2012-022-ORG. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2186293

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Julija Mell

ESSEC Business School ( email )

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Irene Pohl

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

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Christian Roessler

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

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Brown University

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Theresa Treffers

Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE) - Department of Industrial Engineering and Innovation Sciences ( email )

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Eindhoven
Netherlands

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