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Self-Employment in Germany: The Trend Has Been Increasing for Some Time

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  • Michael Fritsch
  • Alexander S. Kritikos
  • Alina Rusakova

Entrepreneurial self-employment in Germany has undergone a strong upturn in the last 20 years. The number of self-employed people rose by 40 percent between 1991 and 2009. The reasons for this development are the catch-up processes in eastern Germany, structural change towards the service sector, and a strong willingness among the highly skilled, the unmarried and among foreigners to enter self-employment. Furthermore, the percentage of women becoming involved in start-ups increased substantially during the monitoring period. The decision to take up self-employment generally pays off: after three years, 38 percent of all entrepreneurs still being active in the market had a higher income, while only 17 percent had a lower income than in their former paid employment position.

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Article provided by DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research in its journal DIW Economic Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 2 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 17-26

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Handle: RePEc:diw:diwdeb:2012-3-3
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