Self-Employment and Mental Health

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Vicki L. Bogan

Cornell University

Angela R. Fertig

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

David R. Just

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

Date Written: June 17, 2020

Abstract

This paper analyzes the role of mental health, specifically psychological distress, in self-employment decisions. We find evidence of a relationship between psychological distress and self-employment that depends on type of self-employment and severity of psychological distress. There is suggestive evidence of a causal link from moderate psychological distress to self-employment in an unincorporated business as a secondary job for women, and from moderate psychological distress to self-employment in an unincorporated business as a main job for men. Our results suggest that individual difficulty in wage-and-salary employment is the likely mechanism for this connection.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship, self-employment, occupational choice, mental health, depression

JEL Classification: J24, J23

Suggested Citation

Bogan, Vicki L. and Fertig, Angela R. and Just, David R., Self-Employment and Mental Health (June 17, 2020). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259765 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2259765

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Angela R. Fertig

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David R. Just

Cornell University - Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management ( email )

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