Determinants of growth in non-farm proprietor densities in the US, 1990-2000

Stephan J. Goetz, Anil Rupasingha

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The number of non-farm proprietorships in the US has expanded significantly in past decades, but this expansion has not occurred evenly over space. Regression analysis correcting for spatial autocorrelation reveals that proprietors respond rationally to economic incentives. Parameter estimates for variables measuring collateral, age, ethnic mix, government policy, female labor force participation, and natural amenities, each have the expected signs. A few options are available to policymakers for influencing growth in self-employment densities over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages14
JournalSmall Business Economics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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