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Does ‘Being Your Own Boss’ raise your chance of becoming someone else’s Boss?

by Lixin Cai a,* orcid
a
Future of Employment and Skills Research Centre, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, Australia
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EAL  2023, 43; 2(4), 43; https://doi.org/10.58567/eal02040008
Received: 23 March 2023 / Accepted: 7 August 2023 / Published: 15 December 2023

Abstract

Self-employment is often associated with entrepreneurship and regarded as a driver of innovation, job creation and economic growth. As such, many countries have policies to promote and support self-employment. One mechanism for self-employment to drive job growth is for sole traders to become an employer through hiring employees. However, there are few studies that investigate if solo self-employment helps the transitions into employership. Using the Understanding Society data, this study shows that in the UK labour market solo self-employment does not work as a ‘steppingstone’ to employership. This raises the question why self-employment should be promoted through public policy as in the UK and many other developed countries.


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Cai, L. Does ‘Being Your Own Boss’ raise your chance of becoming someone else’s Boss?. Economic Analysis Letters, 2023, 2, 43. https://doi.org/10.58567/eal02040008
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