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A Gendered Life Course Explanation of the Exit Decision in the Context of Household Dynamics

Jayawarna, Dilani; Marlow, Susan; Swail, Janine


Dilani Jayawarna

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Janine Swail


Using a gendered household analysis, we explore the extent to which operating a business upon a flexible basis at specific times in the life course impacts upon an entrepreneur's exit from their business. Drawing upon UK data and a discrete-time event history model to conduct a life course analysis, we find women caring for young children are more likely to exit given limited returns related to incompatible demands between the time required to generate sufficient returns and caring demands. Limited returns however, were not significant to continuation rates if a male partner contributed a compensatory household income.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 31, 2020
Online Publication Date Jul 24, 2020
Publication Date 2021-11
Deposit Date Jan 5, 2023
Publicly Available Date Jul 24, 2020
Journal Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
Print ISSN 1042-2587
Electronic ISSN 1540-6520
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 45
Issue 6
Pages 1394-1430
Keywords Exit; Gender; Flexibility; Household; Life Course analysis
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