Self-exploitation or successful entrepreneurship? The effects of personal capital on variable outcomes from self-employment

Atherton, A., Wu, D. and Wu, Z. ORCID: 0000-0002-1707-0238, 2018. Self-exploitation or successful entrepreneurship? The effects of personal capital on variable outcomes from self-employment. Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development. ISSN 1462-6004

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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to understand whether the personal capital of the entrepreneur positively or negatively affects outcomes from self-employment.

Design/methodology/approach: Data from the UK’s longitudinal household surveys (BHPS, UKLHS) between 1991 and 2014 were analysed. Relationships between age, education, health and family status, income earned and hours worked were tested.

Findings: Entrepreneurs with higher levels of personal capital enjoyed higher incomes. However, those with lower levels of personal capital were more likely to have negative returns from self-employment, and so experience it as “self-exploitation”.

Research limitations/implications: A basis for understanding different outcomes from self-employment was developed and tested.

Practical implications: Specific characteristics of continuing and new entrepreneurs were identified that are positively associated with beneficial outcomes from self-employment.

Originality/value: Positive and negative outcomes from self-employment are explained. The notion of personal capital is developed as an explanatory framework for variable outcomes from self-employment.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development
Creators: Atherton, A., Wu, D. and Wu, Z.
Publisher: Emerald
Date: 21 May 2018
ISSN: 1462-6004
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1108/jsbed-02-2018-0048DOI
Divisions: Schools > Nottingham Business School
Depositing User: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 30 May 2018 13:31
Last Modified: 30 May 2018 13:31
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/33744

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