Small training firms: a breeding ground for self-employment

Strohmeyer, Robert ; Leicht, René

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2000
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Sociology : IJS
Volume: 30
Issue number: 4
Page range: 59 -89
Place of publication: Amonk, NY
Publishing house: Sharpe
ISSN: 0020-7659 , 1557-9336
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (ifm)
Subject: 330 Economics
Subject headings (SWD): Berufsausbildung , Klein- und Mittelbetrieb , Selbständiger
Abstract: This study looks at the factors that can encourage the decision to take up self-employment and concentrates on the question of what role vocational training and the characteristics of the training firm play. The bivariate and multivariate statistical analyses are based on broad, representative cross-sectional surveys of economically active persons (BIBB/IAB samples). The respondents were asked retrospectively about segments of their work history. A central finding of our study is the influence of training firm size - even when controlling for additional factors. Those who completed their training in a small firm are more likely th choose self-employment than those trained in large firms. Among other things, we attribute this to some peculiarities of small firms and the knowlegde they impart. We provide indirect evidence that the link between the size of training firm and choosing self-employment is mediated by different career prospects and costs of mobility associated with training in firms of different size. Skills gained in a small training firm are much more applicable to self-employment.

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