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Title:Education and regional job creation by the elf-employed: the English North-South divide PDF Logo
Authors:Burke, Andrew E.
FitzRoy, Felix R.
Nolan, Michael A.
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Papers on entrepreneurship, growth and public policy 0706
Abstract:Using decomposition analysis, the paper investigates the reasons why Northern England has less but higher performing self-employed businesses than the South. It finds the causes are mainly structural differences rather than due to regional variation in people's characteristics. The paper also unearths a regional dimension behind the impact of education on entrepreneurial job creation. It finds that, in the less developed North, education boosts self-employment job creation by enhancing performance per venture (quality). In the South, it reduces it by having no effect on quality alongside a negative effect on the number of people who become self-employed (quantity).
Subjects:Self-employment
job creation
North-South divide
decomposition
JEL:J23
R11
R23
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Discussion Papers on Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy, MPI für Ökonomik

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