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Small Business Economics

Female Self-Employment: Prevalence and Performance Effects of Having a High-Income Spouse

Scientific Article in English
Reference
Bjuggren, Carl Magnus and Magnus Henrekson (forthcoming). “Female Self-Employment: Prevalence and Performance Effects of Having a High-Income Spouse”. Small Business Economics.

Authors
Carl Magnus Bjuggren, Magnus Henrekson

Little is known about self-employment as a career choice for women who marry a highincome spouse. We show that Swedish women who are married to a high-income spouse are, on average, highly educated and more likely to pursue self-employment than those married to a spouse in the middle of the income distribution. Using rich Swedish register data, we compare the likelihood of self-employment before and after marriage for women who marry a spouse in the top 1, 0.5 and 0.1 percent to those who marry a spouse in the middle of the income distribution. The likelihood of entering self-employment increases by 128–176 percent for women who marry a spouse in the top of the income distribution, and the shift into self-employment is associated with a lower income. The effect of marrying a high-income spouse is larger for women than for men.