Gender, age and self‐employment: some things change, some stay the same

Walker, E.A and Webster, B.J.
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Date published
31 Oct 2022
Research, reports and studies

This paper aims to investigate age and gender differences in initial motivations for starting a business. What is not known, however, is whether the initial motivations for starting the business are different for older people and whether any gender differences exist. Historically, women were “pushed” rather than “pulled” into business ownership, but more recent studies have indicated that, overall, many women now actively choose self‐employment. However, age may be a new barrier for women and men.