Friday, August 27, 2010

A Longitudinal Analysis of Early Self-employment

From the SBA Office of Advocacy:

The purpose of this research is to provide policy-relevant analysis of the characteristics and career paths of those Americans who have chosen self- employment. Specifically, the study uses the National Longitudinal Surveys of Youth to provide new empirical findings regarding the dynamics of self- employment and documents generational changes in self-employment patterns in early adult work life between two cohorts born in the second half of the 20th century. The key finding is that early exposure to self-employment increases individuals’ engagement in self-employment during the early- and mid-career years. There is a strong positive link between an indicator of self- employment during ages 20-22 and the self-employment outcome measures in ages 22-41.

A copy of the report is located HERE and the research summary can be found HERE.

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