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Do different factors explain male and female self-employment rates?

  • Saridakis, George
  • Marlow, Susan
  • Storey, David J.

This article challenges the assumption that the factors associated with the self-employment choices of women differ from those of men; specifically, we test the extent to which women are influenced by standard economic factors compared with family and social issues. We find that economic factors influence the self-employment choices made by men and by women in the long and short-run. Although some findings were sensitive to the chosen self-employment measure our short-run findings, in particular, are at variance with the interpretation that self-employed women are less likely to be influenced by economic factors than their male counterparts. Consequently, we argue that gender-based explanations have exaggerated the importance of social factors in the self-employment choices made by women.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Journal of Business Venturing.

Volume (Year): 29 (2014)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 345-362

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Handle: RePEc:eee:jbvent:v:29:y:2014:i:3:p:345-362
DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusvent.2013.04.004
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