Do Self‐Employment Rates Converge? Evidence from European OECD Countries

12 Pages Posted: 16 May 2019

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George Saridakis

University of Essex - Department of Economics

Miguel A. Mendoza Gonzalez

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Rebeca Muñoz Torres

University of Westminster

Chris Hand

Kingston Business School

Date Written: May 2019

Abstract

This article uses panel data methods for stationary and non‐stationary data to examine whether self‐employment rates converge for 21 OECD European countries from 1990 to 2011 (the period covered by the COMPENDIA database). This article shows that there is a process of conditional convergence of self‐employment rates particularly within Southern, Northern and Western Europe. These regional groups were characterized by a decreasing trend in their average self‐employment rates. However 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.

Keywords: self‐employment, OECD European countries, convergence, panel data

Suggested Citation

Saridakis, George and Mendoza Gonzalez, Miguel A. and Muñoz Torres, Rebeca and Hand, Chris, Do Self‐Employment Rates Converge? Evidence from European OECD Countries (May 2019). JCMS: Journal of Common Market Studies, Vol. 57, Issue 3, pp. 551-562, 2019, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3388914 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/jcms.12834

George Saridakis (Contact Author)

University of Essex - Department of Economics ( email )

Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Miguel A. Mendoza Gonzalez

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

México

Rebeca Muñoz Torres

University of Westminster

309 Regent Street
London, W1R 8AL
United Kingdom

Chris Hand

Kingston Business School ( email )

Kingston Hill
Kingston upon Thames
Surrey KT2 7LB
United Kingdom

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