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Self-employment of older Americans: do recessions matter?

Title: Self-employment of older Americans: do recessions matter?.
Name(s): Biehl, Amelia, author
Gurley-Calvez, Tami, author
Hill, Brian, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Article
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2014-02-01
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Summary: As high unemployment rates linger following the latest recession, job opportunities can be sparse, especially for older workers. This might prompt older Americans to seek out opportunities in self-employment. Alternatively, recession-related decreases in economic activity might make selfemployment less attractive. Using the Health and Retirement Study, we find that unemployed respondents are more likely to enter self-employment and that these decisions are clearly affected by recessions, although the effects differ by recession and gender. Unlike men, women’s self-employment decisions are very sensitive to other sources of household income, and women are less likely to become self-employed the deeper the recession.
Identifier: fgcu_ir_000601 (IID)
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Subject(s): Self employment
Older people.
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Host Institution: FGCU
Is Part Of: Small Business Economics.