Educational Qualification, Work Status and Entrepreneurship in Italy: An Exploratory Analysis

32 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2006

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Fabio Sabatini

Sapienza University of Rome - Department of Economics and Law; Euricse

Date Written: June 2006

Abstract

This paper provides an exploratory analysis on the relationship between educational qualification and work status in Italy, with a particular focus on entrepreneurs and self-employed workers. Rough data are drawn from four waves (1995, 1998, 2002, and 2004) of the Survey of Household Income and Wealth (SHIW) carried out by the Bank of Italy. Stylised facts emerging from the empirical evidence are the surprisingly low level of educational qualification exhibited by employers and the tendency of workers holding higher levels of educational qualification not to choose to undertake an entrepreneurial activity. Such workers generally become members of the arts and professions, or take up a career as high-level employees.

Keywords: Education, Work Status, Employment, Self-employment, Entrepreneurship, Human Capital

JEL Classification: I21, J23, J24, M13

Suggested Citation

Sabatini, Fabio, Educational Qualification, Work Status and Entrepreneurship in Italy: An Exploratory Analysis (June 2006). FEEM Working Paper No. 87.2006, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=907455 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.907455

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