Socio-economic drivers

hofficeThis 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 and economic processes and concepts.

  • Has home-based self-employment increased in some countries and areas because more and more women find this an appropriate way to combine family and work?
  • How inclusive is home-based self-employment?
  • How important is wellbeing and work-life balance for home-based self-employment?

Using longitudinal data and analysis for Germany and the UK the project seeks to provide new insights into the role of social inequality, labour market disadvantage and subjective wellbeing for becoming a self-employed homeworker and into household decisions and risk strategies (e.g. income pooling) associated with home-based self-employment.

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