Do self-employment rates converge? Evidence from European OECD countries

Saridakis, G., Mendoza, M.A., Muñoz Torres, R.I. and Hand, C. 2018. Do self-employment rates converge? Evidence from European OECD countries. Journal of Common Market Studies. 57 (3), pp. 551-562. doi:10.1111/jcms.12834

TitleDo self-employment rates converge? Evidence from European OECD countries
TypeJournal article
AuthorsSaridakis, G., Mendoza, M.A., Muñoz Torres, R.I. and Hand, C.
Abstract

This paper uses panel data methods for stationary and non-stationary data to examine whether self-employment rates converge for 21 OECD European countries from 19902011 (the period covered by the COMPENDIA database). This paper shows that there is a process of conditional convergence of self-employment rates particularly within Southern, Northern and Western Europe. These regional groups were characterised by a decreasing trend in their average self-employment rates. While in Central Europe, we find more mixed results across the tests used and observe a rising trend in the average self-employment rates. Finally, we find some weak evidence of convergence among all European countries.

KeywordsSelf-employment, Panel data, OECD countries
JournalJournal of Common Market Studies
Journal citation57 (3), pp. 551-562
ISSN0021-9886
Year2018
PublisherWiley
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1111/jcms.12834
Publication dates
Published online03 Feb 2019
Published in printMay 2019

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