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

By Olmo Silva

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

Topics: HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Publisher: Elsevier
Year: 2007
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.econlet.2007.02.027
OAI identifier: oai:eprints.lse.ac.uk:30795
Provided by: LSE Research Online
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