Stepping Forward: Personality Traits, Choice of Profession, and the Decision to Become Self-Employed
37 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2013
Date Written: February 1, 2013
We argue that entrepreneurial choice proceeds in at least in two steps, with vocational choice nearly always preceding choice of employment status, whether that be self-employment or dependent employment. Since the two decisions are interrelated, analysis of entrepreneurial choice as a single act may lead to inconsistent estimates of the factors that determine the decision to launch a business venture. Our empirical analysis utilizes a bivariate probit model that jointly estimates both decisions. The results support our argument that entrepreneurial choice is a two-stage decision process.
Keywords: Entrepreneurial choice, vocational choice, personality traits
JEL Classification: L26, J24, D01
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