When Employees Leap to Self-Employment

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (monograph)


The dissertation studies the determinants of self-employment entry through an economics of entrepreneurship lens, and examines two sources of data: 7 years of employer--employee matched panel data and a laboratory experiment. The results suggest that employees are more likely to take the leap to self-employment when they have their own business idea, and are employed in occupations with high wage variance.
These findings, based on randomized experiments, multilevel analysis, data mining, and model building, contribute to research on occupational choice, entrepreneurial decision making, and the mobility process into self-employment.


  • Frederik Witte
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Business Administration


  • self-employment entry, occupational choice, idea creation, occupation, laboratory experiment, panel data, survival analysis, data mining, model, entrepreneurship
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
Award date2014 Sep 22
  • Lund University (Media-Tryck)
Print ISBNs978-91-7473-921-3
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2014-09-22 Time: 13:15 Place: EC1:Crafoordsalen, Holger Crafoords Ekonomicentrum External reviewer(s) Name: Van Praag, Mirjam Title: Prof. Dr. Affiliation: Copenhagen Business School ---

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