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Experimenting with Entrepreneurship: The Effect of Job-Protected Leave

Joshua D. Gottlieb, Richard R. Townsend, Ting Xu

NBER Working Paper No. 22446
Issued in July 2016

---- Acknowledgements ----

We are grateful to Shai Bernstein, Ing-Haw Cheng, Gordon Dahl, Thomas Hellmann, Kai Li, Gustavo Manso, Kevin Milligan, Ramana Nanda, Carolin Pflueger, Matt Rhodes-Kropf, Elena Simintzi, conference and seminar participants at Caltech/USC, Finance UC, NBER, Stanford, and UBC, and especially our discussants Jeanne Lafortune, Adrien Matray, Paige Ouimet and Joshua Rauh for valuable comments. Gottlieb thanks the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco for their hospitality while working on this project, and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada for support. We are indebted to Statistics Canada, SSHRC, and the staff at the British Columbia Interuniversity Research Data Centre at UBC for facilitating data access. The research and analysis are based on data from Statistics Canada and the opinions expressed do not represent the views of Statistics Canada, nor do they necessarily reflect the views of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

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