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

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


George Saridakis

Susan Marlow

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
Publication Date May 1, 2014
Journal Journal of Business Venturing
Print ISSN 0883-9026
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 345-362
APA6 Citation Saridakis, G., Marlow, S., & Storey, D. J. (2014). Do different factors explain male and female self-employment rates?. Journal of Business Venturing, 29(3), 345-362.
Keywords Self-employmentGenderEconomyTime-seriesCo-integration
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