Self-employment in deprived areas

Authors: Elaine Kempson, Karen MacKinnon
Funded by: Bank of England
Published by: Bank of England
Publication date: May 2002

The aim of this research was to identify differences in the extent and nature of self-employment in deprived areas of Britain, compared with localities that are less deprived. The analysis was undertaken using the 1999 and 2000 Family Resources Survey, which were combined to increase the sample size. The analysis was restricted to people who were self-employed in their main job, if they had more than one, and who had fewer than 25 employees. A new binary variable was also created indicating the most deprived district level local authorities (i.e. district council, London borough or unitary authority) in Britain. This was based on the DLTR index of deprivation in England and the Welsh and Scottish equivalents, and is the smallest geographical area that the Family Resources Survey can be used to identify.

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