Human Capital and the role of concurrent job search for nascent entrepreneurs

Carina Lomberg, Kim Klyver, Paul Richard Steffens

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Abstract

An individual’s human capital affects both the opportunities available through starting a business as well as the opportunity costs of forgoing employment opportunities. Drawing on the notions of search, evaluation, and uncertainty costs from decision theory, we argue that an individual’s human capital shapes whether nascent entrepreneurship and/or employment enters an individual’s consideration set when they are facing a career transition. We further propose that the opportunity costs of employment opportunities will be more salient for nascent entrepreneurs when they are concurrently seeking a new job, thereby affecting the outcome of their start-up attempts. We find support for our core propositions using a novel longitudinal dataset of individuals facing career transition as nascent entrepreneurs, job seekers or both
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation - University of Kassel, Kassel, Germany
Duration: 8 Oct 20159 Oct 2015

Conference

Conference19th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation
LocationUniversity of Kassel
Country/TerritoryGermany
CityKassel
Period08/10/201509/10/2015

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