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Using self–employment as proxy for entrepreneurship: some empirical caveats
Linköpings universitet.
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Economics.
IFN, Stockholm.
2012 (English)In: International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Small Business, ISSN 1476-1297, Vol. 17, no 3, 290-303 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Self–employment is the most frequently used measure of entrepreneurship. However, its definition varies between countries, which makes comparisons difficult. We present an analysis of Swedish self–employment data and show that even within one country, the depicted development differs greatly depending on the source used. Unlike previous claims in cross–country studies, we find that there is no basis for categorising Sweden as having increased its self–employment rate more than others. This demonstrates a need to carefully specify the characteristics of the data, and their advantages and disadvantages, before drawing conclusions about the frequency of entrepreneurship in different countries.

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2012. Vol. 17, no 3, 290-303 p.
Keyword [en]
Labour Force Survey, self–employed workers, self–employment, labour statistics, administrative sources, RAMS, global entrepreneurship index, GEINDEX, high impact entrepreneurship, COMParative ENtrepreneurship Data for International Analysis, COMPENDIA, Sweden, cross–country studies, statistical data, small and medium–sized enterprises, SMEs, entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship research, Europe
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Economics
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Komplexa system - mikrodataanalys, General Microdata Analysis - retail
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-12071DOI: 10.1504/IJESB.2012.049578OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-12071DiVA: diva2:613383
Available from: 2013-03-27 Created: 2013-03-27 Last updated: 2013-04-08Bibliographically approved

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