Entrepreneurial Wage Dynamics in the Knowledge Economy
By: Adam K. Korobow (author)Hardback
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This title challenges the conclusions that link entrepreneurship to lower employee compensation. This challenge is based on theories of entrepreneurship, which view the role of small firms as existing in a dynamic context rather than a static framework. The evolutionary theory of entrepreneurship views the startup as an endogenous response to economic knowledge and suggests that new firms are a diverse manifestation of the search process. Evolutionary theory has been strikingly silent about how employee compensation might differ in an evolutionary framework compared to a static one. This is important because employee compensation is a key measure of economic performance, complementing other measures such as growth and survival. This book argues that the link between entrepreneurship and wages is different in an evolutionary context than in the traditional static analysis, suggesting that, particularly in knowledge-based industries, firms will pay relatively lower levels of employee compensation subsequent to startup. If the firm learns that it is viable, and survives and grows, levels of employee compensation will rapidly rise.
This research provides compelling empirical evidence suggesting that the relationship between firm age and employee compensation is very different in an evolutionary context than in a static analysis. While this study confirms that new and small enterprises compensate employees at lower levels than do their larger counterparts subsequent to startup, over time, the levels of employee compensation not only increase, but also at a higher rate than in larger enterprises. While the traditional static analysis leads to the policy prescription that new firms and the low wages associated with them represent a drag on economic welfare, the evolutionary view suggests that, in the knowledge economy, they are an essential component of the search for steep trajectories, both in terms of growth and wages.
List of Figures. List of Tables. Foreword. Acknowledgements. 1. New Firms, Wages, and the Knowledge Economy. 2. Review of the Literature. 3. Firm-Size, Wages, and the Role of Knowledge. 4. Measurement: The Data Base. 5. Measuring and Comparing the Wage Trajectories of New and Small Firms in Different Sectors: Does Knowledge Intensity Play a Role? 6. Conclusions and Findings. Index.
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