Self-employment in rural EnglandAuthors: Elaine Kempson, Michael White
Funded by: Countryside Agency
Published by: Countryside Agency
Publication date: November 2002
The overall aim of this project was to analyse the extent and nature of self-employment in rural areas. The specific research objectives for the study were:
- Quantification of the numbers of self-employed in rural areas, the proportion of these on low incomes, and the characteristics of the self-employed (e.g. gender, age).
- An understanding of the relative importance of self-employment in the economies of rural and non-rural areas.
- An understanding of the types of work self-employed people with low incomes are doing and in which sectors.
- An analysis of the dynamics amongst the low-income self-employed:
- Are they consistently self-employed?
- Do they move between self-employment and benefits, or become employees?
- Is work seasonal?
- Do they remain on low income or do incomes vary?
The project involved secondary analysis of data from the Family Resources Survey. It also drew upon the findings of a linked study looking at movement in and out of low income in rural England.
The study was conducted in collaboration with the Policy Studies Institute during 2001.
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