The Older as Entrepreneurs: A Diversified Group—Illustrated Through Entrepreneurship in Technical Consultancy and Artistic and Literary Work

  • Martin Klinthäll
  • Elisabeth Sundin


In this chapter, the variety of old age entrepreneurship is illustrated through entrepreneurs in two different sectors: technical consultants and those involved in art and literary work. The empirical overview of older entrepreneurs is based on register data on the whole population of Sweden, as well as interviews with entrepreneurs. Unexpectedly, although the two industries are very different regarding markets, work content and formal skills requirements, the patterns of entrepreneurship towards the end of working life are similar. Basic economic security provided by the Swedish welfare system seems to mitigate some of the expected differences.


Older entrepreneurs Ageism Bridge employment Incremental entrepreneurship Punctuated equilibrium 



 The authors gratefully acknowledge support from the Jan Wallander and Tom Hedelius Foundation and Tore Browaldhs Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Klinthäll
    • 1
  • Elisabeth Sundin
    • 2
  1. 1.Linköping UniversityNorrköpingSweden
  2. 2.Linköping UniversityLinköpingSweden

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