The Missing Entrepreneurs

Policies for Inclusive Entrepreneurship in Europe

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Entrepreneurship development is an important requirement for achieving of smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. It is also a means to respond to new economic challenges, to create jobs and to fight social and financial exclusion. The impact of the global financial and economic crisis calls for giving entrepreneurship and self-employment a stronger role in economic and social development policies.

This book collects and synthesizes information and data on entrepreneurship activities in Europe, focusing on people that are at the greatest risk of social exclusion. These groups include young people, older people, women, ethnic minorities and migrants, people with disabilities and the unemployed.

English Also available in: German, French


This chapter presents evidence on the quantity and quality of self-employment activities by disadvantaged and under-represented groups, including women, young people, older people, ethnic minorities and immigrants, those with low education and income levels, the disabled and the unemployed. Together these groups account for the majority of self-employment activities in Europe. The prevalence of self-employment activities varies widely across and within groups. Moreover, the activity levels vary greatly across EU member states.

English Also available in: German, French


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