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No 970: Does Academic Entrepreneurship Pay?

Thomas B. Astebro (), Pontus Braunerhjelm () and Anders Broström ()

Abstract: We investigate the private returns for academics that start new businesses. Total earnings for the universe of 478 individuals working at Swedish universities who quit to become full-time entrepreneurs between 1999 and 2008 are compiled. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first analysis to include capital gains. Entrepreneurship for academics appears a gradual process and quite episodic. Earnings are similar before and after becoming an entrepreneur and dividends and capital gains are inconsequential. But the income risk is more than three times higher in entrepreneurship.

Keywords: academic entrepreneurship; earnings; Sweden

JEL-codes: J39; J62; M13; O32

47 pages, November 23, 2012

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