Chapter 4: Prevalence and trends
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Reporting the European Working Conditions Survey conducted in 2010 and 2015, this chapter investigates the prevalence and the trends in dependent self-employment amongst 35 European countries, and possible explanations for the cross-country variations in the share of dependent self-employment. This reveals mixed results. When analysing the European member states only, the share of the dependent self-employed is lower in 2015 compared with 2010. When a larger sample of European countries is analysed, the results show a negligible increase in dependent self-employment when the whole economy is analysed, and a negligible decrease when the agricultural sector is excluded. This chapter also investigates two competing perspectives for explaining the marked cross-country variations in the share of dependent self-employment. The finding is that the neo-liberal countries with lower levels of state interference in work and welfare display higher levels of dependent self-employment than countries which intervene more actively in work and welfare.

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