Self-employment across countries in the great recession of 2008-2014

Who’s behind it? – Randstad and Dartmouth College (2015)

How can it help? – The 2015 edition of Flexibility@work focuses on self employment. This study shows that a higher self-employment rate was not conducive to grow out of the Great Recession. The study also reveals that the self-employed are either pushed or pulled into working for themselves. Frequently, the pull self-employed are job-makers and their number is more likely to increase when unemployment is low. Push self-employment is more likely to occur due to lack of alternatives when unemployment is high. With the Great Recession hitting self-employed earnings especially hard, it comes as no surprise that self-employment earnings were down more than 20% since the onset of recession. This study will provide you with more insights on: the impact of the Great Recession, 2008-2014 analysis of the probability of being self-employed – the UK, US and Europe happiness, well-being and job satisfaction of the self-employed liquidity constraints and financing of SMEs and Entrepreneurs self-employment incomes

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