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No 453:
Self-employment and parenthood

Tina Wallin ()

Abstract: Studies from a multitude of countries suggest that women become self-employed after having children to facilitate the work-family balance. In Sweden, generous parental leave and heavily subsided childcare is available, facilitating for parents to hold salaried jobs. The purpose of this paper is to examine whether having children increases the likelihood of individuals being self-employed. One major contribution is that this study covers the whole population, including men, with a quantitative analysis, instead of a sample through interviews and/or surveys. The results suggest that most individuals are less likely to be self-employed after having children, thus contrasting most other studies.

Keywords: self-employment; parenthood; children; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D19; J13; J24; (follow links to similar papers)

30 pages, April 6, 2017

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