A Life Course Perspective on Occupational Inheritance: Self-employed Parents and their Children
The Sociology of Entrepreneurship
ISBN: 978-0-7623-1433-1, eISBN: 978-1-84950-498-0
Publication date: 23 April 2007
Using a life course perspective, we develop a theoretical model of how parents can influence their children's propensity to enter self-employment. We draw on the sociological, economic, psychological, and behavioral genetics literatures to develop a model in which parental influence occurs in different ways, depending on someone's stage in their life course. We review and summarize existing findings for parental influences on entrepreneurial entry using a three-part life course framework: childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. We also analyze new data from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics on the extent to which children were involved in their parents’ businesses. From our review, we propose strong effects from genetic inheritances and parenting practice (during childhood); moderate effects from reinforcement of work values and vocational interests (during adolescence); and little influence from financial support but stronger effects from other tangible means of support (during adulthood).
Aldrich, H.E. and Kim, P.H. (2007), "A Life Course Perspective on Occupational Inheritance: Self-employed Parents and their Children", Ruef, M. and Lounsbury, M. (Ed.) The Sociology of Entrepreneurship (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Vol. 25), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 33-82. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0733-558X(06)25002-X
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