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All about balance?: A test of the jack-of-all-trades theory using military enlistment data
Linnéuniversitetet, Ekonomihögskolan (FEH), Institutionen för nationalekonomi och statistik (NS).ORCID-id: 0000-0002-0702-5564
Linnéuniversitetet, Ekonomihögskolan (FEH), Institutionen för nationalekonomi och statistik (NS).
Linnéuniversitetet, Ekonomihögskolan (FEH), Institutionen för nationalekonomi och statistik (NS).ORCID-id: 0000-0003-4068-2985
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Labour Economics, ISSN 0927-5371, E-ISSN 1879-1034, Vol. 49, s. 1-13Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Published
Abstract [en]

According to the Jack-of-all-trades theory, people with a balanced set of skills are more suitable for self-employment than are those without. In this paper we test this theory using Swedish Military Enlistment data. This data enables us to construct a measure of balance in abilities that, in comparison to measures used in previous research, is less contaminated by endogeneity problems. We find clear support for the Jack-of-all-trades theory, in the sense that the likelihood of being self-employed is higher for individuals whose skills are balanced. In addition, their earnings from self-employment tend to be higher.

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Elsevier, 2017. Vol. 49, s. 1-13
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Ability balance, Cognitive and non-cognitive ability, Earnings, Jack-of-all-trades theory, Occupational choice, Self-employment
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Ekonomi, Nationalekonomi
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-67862DOI: 10.1016/j.labeco.2017.09.001ISI: 000419415900001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85034084730OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-67862DiVA, id: diva2:1139448
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-09-07 Laget: 2017-09-07 Sist oppdatert: 2019-08-29bibliografisk kontrollert

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