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The perceived well-being and health costs of exiting self-employment

Nikolova, Milena ; Nikolaev, Boris ; Popova, Olga



Abstract

We explore how involuntary and voluntary exits from self-employment affect life and health satisfaction. To that end, we use rich longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel from 1985 to 2017 and a difference-in-differences estimator. We find that while transitioning from self-employment to salaried employment brings small improvements in health and life satisfaction, the negative ...

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