Drivers of homeworking

This work stream investigates the drivers of home-based businesses and self-employment (HBBs), the reasons for the growth of HBBs and how these relate to wider social, economic and technological processes.

Project findings are based on different data sources including longitudinal data and primary datasets to provide new insights into the role of subjective wellbeing for becoming a self-employed homeworker, the role of online businesses and e-commerce and of decisions related to household, family and neighbourhood .

In the European Union, for example, working from home is more common amongst self-employed women than self-employed men underlining the potential of home-based businesses to contribute to social inclusion.