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The Self-Employment Choice in Portugal: How Different are Women from Men

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  • Aurora Galego

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    (Department of Economics, University of Évora)

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Female self-employment has been increasing steadily over the last years in many countries. However, not much is know about women?s decision to become self-employed, especially in Europe. Some few studies typically conclude that most women choose self-employment because it offers more flexibility to combine work and family responsibilities or because of discrimination. Portugal displays one of the highest rates of self-employment in Europe and is one of the countries where the number of self-employed women has increased more. This paper studies gender differences in the determinants of self-employment in Portugal. Unlike other countries, there is no evidence that women choose self-employment because of family reasons. However, there are some suggestions that the choice of self-employment is driven by economic necessity, particularly in the case of women.

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Paper provided by University of Évora, Department of Economics (Portugal) in its series Economics Working Papers with number 3_2006.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:evo:wpecon:3_2006

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Keywords: Occupational Choice; Self-employment; Gender differences;

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Cited by:
  1. Akulava Maryia, 2012. "Choice of becoming self-employed in Belarus: Impact of monetary gains," EERC Working Paper Series 12/09e, EERC Research Network, Russia and CIS.
  2. António B. Moniz, 2008. "The transformation of work? A quantitative evaluation of changes in work in Portugal," IET Working Papers Series 07/2008, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, IET/CESNOVA-Research on Enterprise and Work Innovation, Faculty of Science and Technology.

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