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Report · April 2010

Entrepreneurship among California’s Low-Skilled Workers

Magnus Lofstrom

The number of self-employed in California has grown considerably over the last three decades. Those with a high-school diploma or less-the low-skilled-make up a significant portion of this growth. Is business ownership a stable and financially rewarding option for them? This report explores this group of entrepreneurs and finds most low-skilled business owners have lower annual earnings than do low-skilled wage-earners-despite working more hours per week.


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