Entrepreneurial Couples

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We study possible motivations for co-entrepenurial couples to start up a joint firm, us-ing a sample of 1,069 Danish couples that established a joint enterprise between 2001 and 2010. We compare their pre-entry characteristics, firm performance and post-dissolution private and financial outcomes with a selected set of comparable firms and couples. We find evidence that couples often establish a business together because one spouse - most commonly the female - has limited outside opportunities in the labor market. However, the financial benefits for each of the spouses, and especially the female, are larger in co-entrepreneurial firms, both during the life of the business and post-dissolution.
The start-up of co-entrepreneurial firms seems therefore a sound in-vestment in the human capital of both spouses as well as in the reduction of income inequality in the household. We find no evidence of non-pecuniary benefits or costs of co-entrepreneurship.

Publication information

Original languageEnglish
Publication date2014
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2014
EventThe DRUID Society Conference 2014 - Copenhagen Business School, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Duration: 16 Jun 201418 Jun 2014
Conference number: 36


ConferenceThe DRUID Society Conference 2014
LocationCopenhagen Business School
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