Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/236247
Authors: 
Reuschke, Darja
Henley, Andrew
Daniel, Elizabeth
Price, Victoria
Year of Publication: 
2021
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers No. 14216
Publisher: 
Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), Bonn
Abstract: 
This paper investigates whether the female self-employed are more affected by the COVID-19 crisis than the male self-employed using longitudinal data four months following the first 'lockdown' in the UK. We specifically test the role of family/social, economic and psychological factors on gendered differential impact. We find that self-employment exits are not gendered but women are more likely to experience reductions in hours worked and earnings. This greater adverse impact on women's working hours and earnings is despite family responsibilities and home-schooling, industrial gender segregation and women's greater propensity to run a non-employing business and to work part-time. However, lower attitude to risk in women is associated with lower risk of reduction in earnings. Policy needs to look beyond business exits when considering crisis support for the self-employed.
Subjects: 
entrepreneurship
self-employment
COVID-19
gender
labour supply
JEL: 
J16
J22
L26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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