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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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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.econlet.2007.02.027


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.

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Additional Information: © 2007 Elsevier B.V.
Divisions: Geography & Environment
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2010 14:35
Last Modified: 04 Jan 2024 20:54

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