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The value of self-employment to ethnic minorities

Brynin, Malcolm and Karim, Mohammed and Zwysen, Wouter (2019) 'The value of self-employment to ethnic minorities.' Work, Employment and Society, 33 (5). 846 - 864. ISSN 0950-0170

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It is sometimes argued that ethnic minorities have a cultural predisposition towards self-employment. However, this is generally not the preferred option for minority groups. We argue that ethnic minorities face a double risk in deciding between employment and self-employment. While their chances in employment leave them exposed to greater risk than the majority group, self-employment, which is inherently risky for all workers, adds to their general risk environment. We demonstrate a negative underpinning to their self-employed activity, showing that minority groups in the UK earn less in self-employment relative to the white British majority, work longer hours, and have lower job satisfaction. They also leave self-employment sooner to take up a job as an employee and use resources such as higher education to stand a better chance in employment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethnicity, Income, Education, Self-employment, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Essex Business School
Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2019 08:59
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2021 14:21

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