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Work-Life Balance and Gender Differences in Self-Employment Income during the Start-up Stage in Japan

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  • Hiroyuki Okamuro
  • Kenta Ikeuchi

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This study investigates the determinants of the income levels of newly self-employed workers compared to those of employees, while focusing on the effects of gender and childcare. We argue that working mothers with preschool children prefer self-employment to paid employment, as such arrangements offer better work–life balance. Hence, we predict that self-employed working mothers earn lower incomes than their male counterparts, employed counterparts, and female self-employed worker counterparts who do not have preschool children. Empirical results based on anonymous micro data from Japanese employment statistics support our hypotheses.

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Paper provided by Institute of Economic Research, Hitotsubashi University in its series Global COE Hi-Stat Discussion Paper Series with number gd12-260.

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Date of creation: Nov 2012
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Handle: RePEc:hst:ghsdps:gd12-260

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Keywords: self-employment; income; gender gap; female labor; childcare;

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