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The Jack-of-All-Trades entrepreneur: innate talent or acquired skill?

Silva, Olmo (2007) The Jack-of-All-Trades entrepreneur: innate talent or acquired skill? Economics Letters, 97 (2). pp. 118-123. ISSN 0165-1765

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Abstract

Cross-sectional tests of the Jack-of-All-Trades theory of entrepreneurship invariably conclude that the accumulation of a balanced skill-mix across different fields of expertise stimulates entrepreneurship. Yet none of these considers individual unobservable characteristics, which may simultaneously determine skill accumulation and occupational choice. Using panel techniques to control for this, I show that gathering expertise across various subjects does not increase the chances of becoming an entrepreneur.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaldescriptio...
Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Sets: Departments > Geography and Environment
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
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Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2010 14:35
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/30795/

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