Not so risky business? How social policies shape the perceived feasibility of self-employment


Rapp, Carolin ; Shore, Jennifer ; Tosun, Jale



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0958928717711973
URL: https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0958...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/318339225...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2018
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of European Social Policy
Volume: 28
Issue number: 2
Page range: 143-160
Place of publication: London ; Los Angeles, CA
Publishing house: Sage Publications
ISSN: 0958-9287 , 1461-7269
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: This article addresses ongoing debates about whether the welfare state hinders or fosters self-employment. Starting a business can be an inherently risky undertaking and is thus not a feasible option for all people. Policies that have the potential to shoulder some of this risk can be particularly important for the decision to enter into self-employment. Taking individual differences in terms of risk tolerance into account, we focus on unemployment protection for the self-employed – a type of risk which is particularly difficult to privately insure oneself against – in order to investigate the ways in which policy can shape people’s perceptions of self-employment. We combine individual-level data from a 2009 Flash Eurobarometer survey with country-level data on unemployment policies in Europe in a multilevel design, finding that the presence of unemployment protection for the self-employed positively influences individual perceptions of the feasibility of self-employment. Risk-tolerant individuals, moreover, are found to be even more likely to assess self-employment as a feasible option in countries that offer unemployment protection to the self-employed.

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Rapp, Carolin ; Shore, Jennifer ; Tosun, Jale (2018) Not so risky business? How social policies shape the perceived feasibility of self-employment. Journal of European Social Policy London ; Los Angeles, CA 28 2 143-160 [Article]


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