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

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


George Saridakis

Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation

David J. Storey


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. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 30, 2013
Online Publication Date Jun 11, 2013
Publication Date May 1, 2014
Deposit Date Mar 11, 2019
Journal Journal of Business Venturing
Print ISSN 0883-9026
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 345-362
Keywords Self-employmentGenderEconomyTime-seriesCo-integration
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