English title: Female self-employment and children

Author(s): Florian Noseleit -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2014

Abstract

Several analyses report a positive correlation between fertility and female self-employment; however, scholars disagree about the direction of this relationship. Knowing about the causal relationship is important because the relevant mechanisms and possible implications differ tremendously. This paper studies two competing hypotheses: Is self-employment more attractive to women because they have children? Or, is it occupation-specific characteristics of self-employed women that impact their fertility? This work applies a unique approach by utilizing exogenous variation in both children and self-employment.

Volume: 43

Issue: 3

From page no: 549

To page no: 569

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1007/S11187-014-9570-8

Journal: Small Business Economics

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