The Missing Entrepreneurs 2017

Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship

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The Missing Entrepreneurs 2017 is the fourth edition in a series of publications that examine how public policies at national, regional and local levels can support job creation, economic growth and social inclusion by overcoming obstacles to business start-ups and self-employment by people from disadvantaged or under-represented groups in entrepreneurship. It shows that there is substantial potential to combat unemployment and increase labour market participation by facilitating business creation in populations such as women, youth, the unemployed, and migrants. However, the specific problems they face need to be recognised and addressed with effective and efficient policy measures.

This edition contains in-depth policy discussion chapters on the quality of self-employment, including new forms of self-employment such as dependent and false self-employment, and the potential of self-employment as an adjustment mechanism in major firm restructuring and job shedding. Each thematic chapter discusses current policy issues and challenges, and makes recommendations for policy makers. A data section provides a range of information on self-employment and business creation rates, barriers and key characteristics of businesses operated by social group. Finally, country profiles highlight recent trends in inclusive entrepreneurship, key policy challenges and recent policy actions in each of the 28 EU Member States.

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Self-employment as an adjustment mechanism in major firm restructuring

This chapter examines the role that self-employment policies and programmes can play in helping displaced workers move back into work following major firm restructuring events that result in job loss. It presents data on recent restructuring trends in the European Union, including those that result in job losses and job gains. The chapter also discusses the role of public policy in helping displaced workers back to work, including the role of self-employment support measures, and illustrates this discussion with four case study examples from Finland, Sweden, Germany and the United Kingdom. It concludes with key lessons that can be drawn across these case studies and provides advice to policy makers on how they can consider and use business creation and self-employment measures to minimise the negative consequences of major firm restructuring.


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