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

Saridakis, George, Marlow, Sue and Storey, David J (2014) Do different factors explain male and female self-employment rates? Journal of Business Venturing, 29 (3). pp. 345-362. ISSN 0883-9026

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Abstract

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.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > Business and Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Depositing User: Tahir Beydola
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2015 10:55
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2021 10:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/58699

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