Self-Employment in Transitional Economies

DOI: 10.20542/0131-2227-2013-10-58-67

N. Vishnevskaya, National Research University Higher School of Economics, 4/2 Slavyanskaya pl., Moscow, 103074, Russian Federation (


Abstract. The economic crisis caused the ubiquitous growth of a number of self-employed in total employment. In particular groups of countries the self-employment differs both by its scale and composition. Compared to the Central and East European economies, the CIS countries show a much higher share of dependents in the families while the unit weight of employers using hired workers is considerably lower. One of the most characteristic features of self-employment in the transitional economies is very wide participation of women. This conclusion is especially true for CIS countries where women make up the prevailing part of self-employed and their share demonstrates a steady growth. In the Central and East European economies gender indicators are rather close to those in the developed nations. Men face a higher risk of becoming self-employed than women. As for Russia, in terms of volume, composition and structure of self-employment it stays close to the group of Central and East European countries rather than to CIS nations.

Keywords: labor market, self-employment, gender differences, transitional economy, economic crisis, CIS countries, Central and East European countries

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Vishnevskaya N. Self-Employment in Transitional Economies. World Eonomy and International Relations, 2013, no. 10, pp. 58-67.

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