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Own-account workers in Europe: Flexible, mobile, and often inadequately insured

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  • Schulze Buschoff, Karin
  • Schmidt, Claudia
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    The European Union is currently experiencing a kind of 'renaissance of selfemployment'. As part of this trend, the share of self-employed workers who are operating their enterprises without the support of dependent employees is growing particularly evidently. Members of this category of self-employed are known as 'ownaccount workers'. Proceeding from the theory of transitional labour markets, the authors develop a concept with which mobility rates and mobility patterns can be used to compare the dynamics of own-account work (entries, exits and duration) in five different European countries (Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, United Kingdom and occasionally Sweden). Against this background, the insurance coverage offered to the self-employed as well as that enjoyed by persons entering or exiting the status of selfemployment are then observed and compared across the different countries.

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    Paper provided by Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) in its series Discussion Papers, Research Unit: Labor Market Policy and Employment with number SP I 2006-122.

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    Date of creation: 2006
    Handle: RePEc:zbw:wzblpe:spi2006122
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