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The importance of housing for self-employment

The importance of housing for self-employment
The importance of housing for self-employment
This article demonstrates that housing influences decisions to start businesses or become self-employed. Housing characteristics can facilitate or hinder business start-ups, and the mechanisms depend on whether the business start-up takes place in people’s homes or not. Hitherto, economic geography has largely viewed housing as a system that accommodates and filters the workforce across space and neglected that housing is an economic resource to individuals. Using longitudinal microdata for the United Kingdom and a sample that accounts for the endogeneity of housing to employment/entrepreneurship, the study finds that home-based self-employment is facilitated by housing wealth, outright ownership, detached houses, and large dwellings and is undermined by living in flats. Private rented accommodation enables entries into self-employment that are not based in people’s homes. Housing thus provides financial security and space, on the one hand, and shapes flexibility needed for entrepreneurship, on the other hand. Areas for future research arising from this study relate to the role of housing over the individual entrepreneur’s life course and area effects on entrepreneurship and self-employment that relate to the spatial variation of housing supply.
self-employment, Home-based businesses, economic geography, Housing, home
0013-0095
378-400
Reuschke, Darja
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Reuschke, Darja
224493ce-38bc-455d-9341-55f8555e7e13

Reuschke, Darja (2016) The importance of housing for self-employment. Economic Geography, 92 (4), 378-400. (doi:10.1080/00130095.2016.1178568).

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This article demonstrates that housing influences decisions to start businesses or become self-employed. Housing characteristics can facilitate or hinder business start-ups, and the mechanisms depend on whether the business start-up takes place in people’s homes or not. Hitherto, economic geography has largely viewed housing as a system that accommodates and filters the workforce across space and neglected that housing is an economic resource to individuals. Using longitudinal microdata for the United Kingdom and a sample that accounts for the endogeneity of housing to employment/entrepreneurship, the study finds that home-based self-employment is facilitated by housing wealth, outright ownership, detached houses, and large dwellings and is undermined by living in flats. Private rented accommodation enables entries into self-employment that are not based in people’s homes. Housing thus provides financial security and space, on the one hand, and shapes flexibility needed for entrepreneurship, on the other hand. Areas for future research arising from this study relate to the role of housing over the individual entrepreneur’s life course and area effects on entrepreneurship and self-employment that relate to the spatial variation of housing supply.

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Accepted/In Press date: 5 January 2016
e-pub ahead of print date: 6 June 2016
Published date: 6 June 2016
Keywords: self-employment, Home-based businesses, economic geography, Housing, home
Organisations: Geography & Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 399754
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/399754
ISSN: 0013-0095
PURE UUID: 41f035c6-18ed-4784-9bfe-f891f2435aa9
ORCID for Darja Reuschke: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-6961-1801

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Date deposited: 31 Aug 2016 17:06
Last modified: 26 Nov 2019 01:31

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