Self-employment and Motherhood – What Can We Infer from the Survey Data?

Olga Zajkowska


There is a broad discussion in the literature if self-employment is a solution allowing women to reconcile their work and family life. Nevertheless there is still very little empirical evidence supporting this hypothesis for different countries and institutional frameworks and the results are mixed. One of the reasons may be the lack of sufficient data containing questions on self-employment, entrepreneurship, innovations, firm performance and simultaneously questions fertility intentions and decisions. The article compares properties of several European representative surveys and discusses potential methodological issues.

Słowa kluczowe: self-employment, fertility, survey data, work-life reconciliation

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