Identifying the effect of college education on business and employment survival

Identifying the effect of college education on business and employment survival We use a multipronged identification strategy to estimate the effect of college education on business and employment survival. We account for the endogeneity of both education and business ownership with a competing risks duration model augmented with a college selection equation. We estimate the model jointly on the self-employed and salaried employees in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1979. Unlike most previous studies, we find that college does not increase business survival. By contrast, a college degree significantly increases employment survival. Cognitive skills have a positive impact on survival for both the self-employed and employees. These findings suggest that college benefits the self-employed less than salaried, perhaps by generating skills more useful in employment than self-employment, or because of differences in the value of signaling. Small Business Economics Springer Journals

Identifying the effect of college education on business and employment survival

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Business and Management; Management; Microeconomics; Entrepreneurship; Industrial Organization
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