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To what extent are entrepreneurship and job growth correlated in the European Union?

TESINK, M. (2015) To what extent are entrepreneurship and job growth correlated in the European Union?

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Abstract:The idea that entrepreneurs, or people who start businesses, are responsible for the generation of new jobs has been taken as a truth and for granted by policy makers around the world, Europe included. The idea that the creation of new companies generate more jobs seems logical, but is it? Do entrepreneurs really generate jobs, or are they barely able to get by for themselves? This study looks at entrepreneurship and self-employment. If entrepreneurs are to create jobs, they first need to be able to call themselves self-employed. Otherwise, they may start a company beside their daily job with an employer or even besides their education, but this is not likely to result in very many jobs generated. By performing a visual and statistical analysis of entrepreneurship versus self-employment in 15 European Member States, this thesis answers the question “to what extent are entrepreneurship and job growth correlated in the European Union?” The results are not conclusive. Whilst the most service-based economies tend to succeed at converting entrepreneurs to self-employed people with a chance of generating new jobs, these are outnumbered by the amount of economies that either show no relationship, or even a negative relationship.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:83 economics, 88 social and public administration
Programme:European Studies BSc (56627)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/67057
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