Human capital and the entrepreneurial careers of scientists and engineers
Sell, Briana Christine
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I examine the role of human capital in shaping entrepreneurial activity by studying the entrepreneurial careers of scientists and engineers from entry to exit. I analyze how the development of human capital through education and employment affects entrepreneurial entry, performance, and exit. Empirically I utilize the restricted-use National Science Foundation (NSF) Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) which is a large data set focused on scientists and engineers to identify possible drivers of transitions to entrepreneurship amongst knowledge workers. Additionally, I am able to analyze the extent to which transitioning to entrepreneurship allows scientists and engineers to increase their financial and non-financial work outcomes and finally, what mechanisms are associated with their exit from entrepreneurship and subsequent return to wage work.