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Occupational choice and liquidity constraints

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Using U.S. data, Evans and Jovanovic find a strong effect of the level of assets on the probability of being self-employed. They interpret this result as evidence of liquidity constraints. In this paper, we follow up this line of research: first, by replicating Evans and Jovanovic's methodology on French data to show that the empirical evidence is similar. Second, we embed their static model into a dynamic framework with uncertainty. The main theoretical prediction that can be drawn is that if the liquidity constraint is strong enough a future increase in the “entrepreneurial ability” of an agent, although raising expected future incomes, may induce her to lower her current consumption and raise her savings.
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hal-03567607 , version 1 (12-02-2022)

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Thierry Magnac, Jean-Marc Robin. Occupational choice and liquidity constraints. Ricerche Economiche, 1996. ⟨hal-03567607⟩
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