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Does economy and family circumstances affect male and female self-employment in Spain?

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Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm
Venue: KHBS1007, Kingston Hill campus, Kingston Hill, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT2 7LB
Price: free
Speaker(s): Professor George Saridakis

Does economy and family circumstances affect male and female self-employment in Spain?

Abstract: The paper uses time-series data and examines the effect of economic and social variables on male and female self-employment rate in Spain. We found that the unemployment rate and the ratio of self-employment to employees' earnings have a positive effect on self-employment whereas economic development and divorce rate have a negative effect. Importantly, the economic variables are found to have stronger long-run impact on females than males, with the latter gender group reacting more to changes in family circumstances. Finally, we show that in the short-run social factors are found to be more important predictors of self-employment choice rather than economic circumstances, with self-employment being a means of adjustment to new personal circumstances.

Short bio: George Saridakis is a Professor of Small Business and Entrepreneurship at the Kingston University Business School and Honorary Professor at the University of the West Indies. He is also an Editor of the International Small Business Journal Special Issue on "Enterprise Activity, Performance and Policy during Times of Crisis" and co-editor of the book on "How Can HR Drive Growth?". His research focuses on the econometric analysis of cross-sectional, time-series and panel data related to entrepreneurship, small businesses and illicit behaviour. His recent work appears in Journal of Business Venturing, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, British Journal of Management, International Small Business Journal, Journal of Applied Statistics and Review of Law & Economics.

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Tel: 020 8417 5572
Email: M.Iskandarova@kingston.ac.uk

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