Survival of the Fittest? An Analysis of Self-Employment Duration in Britain
This paper uses data from the British Household Panel Survey to investigate the duration of self-employment spells in Britain. The results suggest that 40 percent of self-employment ventures started since 1991 have not survived their first year in business. Evidence is produced showing that a substantial proportion of self-employment spells are not terminated through bankruptcy but through moves to alternative employment. The fittest, in terms of self-employment survival, are those with no previous unemployment experience but with some work experience, who quit their previous job, and who entered self-employment with some initial capital.
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Volume (Year): 109 (1999)
Issue (Month): 454 (March)
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