Does academic entrepreneurship pay?

T. B. ASTEBRO, P. Braunerhjelm, A. Broström

Industrial and Corporate Change

February 2013, vol. 22, n°1, pp.281-311

Departments: Economics & Decision Sciences, GREGHEC (CNRS)

We investigate the private returns for academics that start new businesses. Total earnings for the universe of 478 individuals working at Swedish universities who quit to become full-time entrepreneurs between 1999 and 2008 are compiled. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first analysis of entrepreneurial returns to include capital gains. Entrepreneurship for academics appears a gradual process and episodic. Earnings are similar before and after becoming an entrepreneur, and dividends and capital gains are inconsequential. But the income risk is more than three times higher in entrepreneurship