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Is there a north-south divide in self-employment in England?

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Burke, Andrew; FitzRoy, Felix; Nolan, Michael

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Abstract Using decomposition analysis, the paper investigates why Northern England has fewer but higher performing self-employed individuals than the South. We find the causes are mainly structural differences rather than regional variation in individual characteristics. There are more self employed individuals in the South, but on average they create fewer jobs. Post compulsory education has a strong negative effect on the probability of self employment in the South, probably due to better employment opportunities there, but little influence in the North. Education has greater positive effects on job creation by entrepreneurs in the North again appears due to regional structural differences.
Classification Employment Research; Area Development Planning, Regional Research
Document language English
Publication Year 2009
Page/Pages p. 529-544
Journal Regional Studies, 43 (2009) 4
Status Postprint; peer reviewed
Licence PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)