Journal article

Does solo self-employment serve as a 'stepping stone' to employership?

Michael Leith Cowling, Mark Wooden

Labour Economics | ELSEVIER | Published : 2021


This paper examines the extent to which solo self-employment serves as a vehicle for job creation. Using panel data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, a dynamic multinomial logit model of transitions between labour market states is estimated. The empirical strategy closely follows that used in a previous study employing household data from Germany by Lechmann and Wunder (2017). Estimates of true cross-state dependence between solo self-employment and employership are obtained that are relatively small. Further, the results imply that the probability of a male worker being an employer just two years after transitioning out of solo self-employment is on..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne and the Australian Research Council [Discovery Project #DP160103171].