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Author: Wellington, Alison
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1. Wellington, Alison
Self-employment: The New Solution for Balancing Family and Career?
Labor Economics 13,3 (June 2006): 357-386.
Cohort(s): NLSY79, Young Women
Publisher: Elsevier
Keyword(s): Education; Educational Status; Family Studies; Marriage; Maternal Employment; Self-Employed Workers; Wives; Wives, Work; Women

We examine the hypothesis that white married women, particularly more educated women, are increasingly choosing self-employment as a strategy to balance family and career. We test two models using data from the CPS, NLS and NLSY, to examine the determinants of self-employment for women in the late 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Our findings suggest that married women with greater family responsibilities are more likely to be self-employed, and these impacts are stronger for more educated women. However, we find little support for the hypothesis that women are more likely in recent years to choose self-employment in response to family demands.
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Wellington, Alison. "Self-employment: The New Solution for Balancing Family and Career?" Labor Economics 13,3 (June 2006): 357-386.