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Self-Employment and Mrs Thatchers Enterprise

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  • David Blanchflower
  • A Oswald

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The paper studies self-employment in Great Britain using the British Social Attitude Surveys of 1983 to 1989. Drawing upon (i) direct survey questions, and (ii) econometric analysis, it finds no eivdence for the hypothesis that there was an underlying upward trend in self-employment over the period. An 'enterprise culture' apparently did not spring up between 1983 and 1989. The paper also summarizes the characteristics and attitudes of the self-employed. They are disproportionately older males, who have never been in a trade union, and who live in low unemployment areas.

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Paper provided by Centre for Economic Performance, LSE in its series CEP Discussion Papers with number dp0030.

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Date of creation: May 1991
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Handle: RePEc:cep:cepdps:dp0030

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  1. Peter Kuhn & Herb Schuetze, . "Self-Employment Dynamics and Self-Employment Trends: A Study of Canadian Men and Women, 1982-1995," Canadian International Labour Network Working Papers 31, McMaster University.
  2. A. Amaral & Rui Baptista & Francisco Lima, 2011. "Serial entrepreneurship: impact of human capital on time to re-entry," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 37(1), pages 1-21, July.
  3. Torrini, Roberto, 2005. "Cross-country differences in self-employment rates: the role of institutions," Labour Economics, Elsevier, vol. 12(5), pages 661-683, October.
  4. Nathalie Colombier & David Masclet, 2008. "Intergenerational correlation in self employment: some further evidence from French ECHP data," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 30(4), pages 423-437, April.
  5. Ellen Rissman, 2003. "Self-employment as an alternative to unemployment," Working Paper Series WP-03-34, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
  6. David G. Blanchflower, 2000. "Self-Employment in OECD Countries," NBER Working Papers 7486, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  7. Gema Álvarez & Carlos Gradín & M. Soledad Otero, 2009. "Self-employment in Spain: Transition and earnings differential," Working Papers 0907, Universidade de Vigo, Departamento de Economía Aplicada.
  8. Martinez-Granado, Maite, 2002. "Self-Employment and Labour Market Transitions: A Multiple State Model," CEPR Discussion Papers 3661, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  9. Hannu Tervo & Mika Haapanen, 2006. "Gender Differences in Self-Employment in Finnish Regions," ERSA conference papers ersa06p380, European Regional Science Association.
  10. Inmaculada García Mainar & Víctor M. Montuenga Gómez, 2004. "Returns to education and to experience within the EU: are there differences between wage earners and the self-employed?," Documentos de Trabajo dt2004-08, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Empresariales, Universidad de Zaragoza.

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