Mr Nikolaos Litsardopoulos

Research project: Differences in the self-employment career patterns of women and men

Abstract

Compared to men, women entrepreneurs show a much greater heterogeneity. There is a multitude of layers of processes and interactions that create a complex structure, which needs to be ‘peeled off' before reaching any valid conclusions about their choices, preferences and attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Consistent findings suggest that self-employed women are affected by non-pecuniary factors more strongly than men. The factors that appear to add to the complexity of female entrepreneurs are in their majority social factors associated with their marital status, existence of children and their age. These factors create extra layers of complexity on top of the institutional factors that affect the entrepreneurial preferences of both men and women, as well as the complexity of the data within the field of small business and entrepreneurship. Using panel data my research attempts to explain women' s self-employment choices through the lens of job and life satisfaction.

  • Research degree: PhD
  • Title of project: Differences in the self-employment career patterns of women and men
  • Research supervisor: Professor Chris Hand

Biography

I am a full-time doctoral student. My interest is in entrepreneurship and the dynamics between men and women.

Areas of research interest

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-employment
  • Employment
  • Gender
  • Quantitative analysis
  • Job satisfaction
  • Life satisfaction
  • Industrial organisation

Qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Applied Economics with IR
  • Masters of Applied Reseach in Economics and Business
  • Master of Research in Management and Business Studies
  • Essex Summer School in Longitudinal Data Analysis
  • Essex Summer School in Multilevel Modeling
  • Certificate in Personal & Family Financial Planning
  • Certificate in R Programming

Funding or awards received

  • PhD Scholarship from Kingston Business School

Conference papers

N. Litsardopoulos, G. Saridakis, C. Hand, and Y. Georgellis (2020), Is the relationship between time in self-employment and job satisfaction linear? A longitudinal analysis of the job satisfaction of men and women, in: Understanding Society Scientific Conference 2019, Colchester, Essex.

N. Litsardopoulos, G. Saridakis, C. Hand, and Y. Georgellis (2019), Is the relationship between time in self-employment and job satisfaction linear? Differences between men and women, in: European University Network on Entrepreneurship, ESU 2019 Conference, Napoli, Italy.