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Title: The Self-Employment Choice in Portugal: How Different are Women from Men
Authors: Galego, Aurora
Keywords: Occupational Choice
Gender differences
Issue Date: 2006
Citation: Galego,A. (2006), Self-Employment Choice in Portugal: How Different are Women from Men, Documento de Trabalho nº 2006/03, Universidade de Évora, Departamento de Economia.
Abstract: Female self-employment has been increasing steadily over the last years in many countries. However, not much is know about women’s decision to become self-employed, especially in Europe. Some few studies typically conclude that most women choose self-employment because it offers more flexibility to combine work and family responsibilities or because of discrimination. Portugal displays one of the highest rates of self-employment in Europe and is one of the countries where the number of self-employed women has increased more. This paper studies gender differences in the determinants of self-employment in Portugal. Unlike other countries, there is no evidence that women choose self-employment because of family reasons. However, there are some suggestions that the choice of self-employment is driven by economic necessity, particularly in the case of women.
Type: workingPaper
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