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Notes: Center Discussion Papers are preliminary materials circulated to stimulate discussions and critical comments. I would like to thank Rebecca London and Lori Kletzer for helpful comments and suggestions. Garima Vasishtha provided excellent research assistance. Abstract The Blinder-Oaxaca decomposition technique is widely used to identify and quantify(More)
(CES) produces a wide range of theoretical and empirical economic analyses that serve to improve the statistical programs of the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Many of these analyses take the form of CES research papers. The papers are intended to make the results of CES research available to economists and other interested parties in order to encourage(More)
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The statements, findings, conclusions, and recommendations found in this study are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Advocacy, the United States Small Business Administration, or the United States Government. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) tell only part of the story of the self-employed. The figures exclude(More)
In recent years, a plethora of public and private programs in the United States have been created to close the " Digital Divide. " Interestingly, however, we know very little about the underlying causes of racial differences in rates of computer and Internet access. In this paper, I use data from the Computer and Internet Use Supplement to the August 2000(More)
Conference for helpful comments and suggestions. Lixin Fan and Bill Koch provided excellent research assistance. This paper was developed from a project funded under contract #41USC252C3 from the U.S. Department of Labor. The analyses and conclusions presented herein do not necessarily represent the official position or policy of the U.S. government.(More)
Theoretical models of self-employment posit that attitudes toward risk, entrepreneurial ability, and preferences for autonomy are central to the individual's decision between self-employment and wage/salary work. None of the studies in the rapidly growing empirical literature on self-employment, however, have been able to test whether these factors are(More)
Using confidential microdata from the U.S. Census Bureau, we investigate the performance of female-owned businesses, making comparisons to male-owned businesses. Using regression estimates and a decomposition technique, we explore the role that human capital, especially through prior work experience, and financial capital play in contributing to why(More)
Fairlie acknowledges partial funding from the Spencer Foundation. The views expressed here are solely the responsibility of the authors and should not be interpreted as reflecting the views of the Spencer Foundation, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, or any other person associated with the Federal Reserve System. We thank Chris Jepsen(More)