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Title:Self-employment in Germany: The trend has been increasing for some time PDF Logo
Authors:Fritsch, Michael
Kritikos, Alexander
Rusakova, Alina
Issue Date:2012
Citation:[Journal:] DIW Economic Bulletin [ISSN:] 2192-7219 [Volume:] 2 [Year:] 2012 [Issue:] 3 [Pages:] 17-26
Abstract:Entrepreneurial self-employment in Germany has undergone a strong upturn in the last 20 years. The number of self-employed people rose by 40 percent between 1991 and 2009. The reasons for this development are the catch-up processes in eastern Germany, structural change towards the service sector, and a strong willingness among the highly skilled, the unmarried and among foreigners to enter self-employment. Furthermore, the percentage of women becoming involved in start-ups increased substantially during the monitoring period. The decision to take up self-employment generally pays off: after three years, 38 percent of all entrepreneurs still being active in the market had a higher income, while only 17 percent had a lower income than in their former paid employment position.
Subjects:entrepreneurship
self-employment
start-ups
JEL:D22
J23
L26
M13
Document Type:Article
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des DIW
DIW Economic Bulletin

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