Journal Article

Self-employment and well-being across institutional contexts


  • Fritsch
  • M.
  • Sorgner
  • A.
  • Wyrwich
  • M.
Publication Date

This paper investigates whether the relationship between a person's occupational status and well-being differs across countries with varying institutional contexts. We find that the relationship between job and life satisfaction of self-employed people as well as of paid employees varies considerably across countries. Our results indicate that entrepreneurship-friendly institutions in a country are conducive to the well-being of those who are self-employed. Remarkably, the quality of entrepreneurial institutions also increases the levels of well-being of paid employees, but the effect is more pronounced for the self-employed.

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JEL Classification
L26, I31, D01, D91, P51

Key Words

  • entrepreneurship
  • Institutions
  • job satisfaction
  • life satisfaction
  • well-being