Individual motives for choosing self-employment in the UK: Does region matter?

Dawson, C., Henley, A. and Latreille, P. (2013) Individual motives for choosing self-employment in the UK: Does region matter? Regional Studies. pp. 1-19. ISSN 0034-3404

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2012.697140

Abstract

Dawson C., Henley A. and Latreille P. Individual motives for choosing self-employment in the UK: does region matter?, Regional Studies. Regional entrepreneurship policy is often framed in terms of spatial shortcomings in entrepreneurial culture. However, differences in why individuals choose self-employment may reflect structure rather than culture. This paper investigates UK data for 1999–2001 on the reported motives for choosing self-employment. After controlling for individual characteristics and industrial structure, some regional differences persist. These are largely for men and are quantitatively small. Northern Ireland stands out, reflecting the different composition of its self-employed. Conclusions for the emphasis of regional policy and further research are discussed.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:self-employment, self-employment motives, regional entrepreneurship policy
Faculty/Department:Faculty of Business and Law > Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance
ID Code:17496
Deposited By: Dr C. Dawson
Deposited On:22 Oct 2012 13:34
Last Modified:28 Jan 2014 20:11

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