The post-crisis growth in the self-employed: volunteers or reluctant recruits

Andrew Henley

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paper


In the context of recent growth in UK self-employment, the relationship between self-employment choices and local economic and labour market conditions is investigated to address whether self-employment is associated with local “push” or “pull”. Empirical analysis is conducted using UK longitudinal data linked to local area unemployment and earnings data. Analysis shows that pull factors are more significant in driving transitions into self-employment. Self-employed business ownership appears not to function as a significant alternative to unemployment where paid employment demand is weak. Entrepreneurial activity prospers where local wages are higher and unemployment lower.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBonn
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Labor
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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NameIZA Institute for Labor, Bonn discussion paper series


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