Sustaining self-employment for disadvantaged entrepreneurs

Blackburn, Robert ORCID: 0000-0002-6488-0284 and Smallbone, David
(2014) Sustaining self-employment for disadvantaged entrepreneurs. [Report]

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This paper focuses on a key dimension of the self-employed – the sustainability of ‘disadvantaged entrepreneurs’. In this case, we define disadvantaged entrepreneurs as women, youths, seniors, unemployed, disabled, ethnic minorities and immigrants who run a business. These may be self-employed or entrepreneurs running businesses that employs others. Generally, the evidence suggests that that businesses established by these groups encounter greater barriers to sustaining their businesses (Alves, 2013; Boden and Nucci, 2000). A number of factors are cited in the literature as influential on their survival rates, including the entrepreneur’s limited knowledge, skills, labour experience, poor human and social capital and discrimination in terms of ages, race and gender (Irastorza and Pena, 2014; Schoof, 2006; OECD, 2008; Kautonen, 2013).

Item Type: Report
Additional Information: A background paper for the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development. This paper is part of a research project with the OECD on Inclusive Entrepreneurship
Uncontrolled Keywords: self-employment
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2022 08:18
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 20:41
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