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Summary Using longitudinal data from the Panel Study of Income

By The German Socio-economic Panel


research compares pathways into self-employment among men and women in the United States and Western Germany. Academic and vocational credentials are more important for stabilizing self-employment in the United States than in Germany, where the lack of credentials is a significant deterrent to self-employment entry. Intergenerational transmission of self-employment is more prominent among men than among women in both countries, while spousal transmission of self-employment status is more prominent among women. In both countries, women’s self-employment mobility is sensitive to domestic responsibilities. Self-employment was viewed throughout much of the twentieth century as an organizational form in decline. In an era dominated by assembly line mass-production

Year: 2011
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