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The Role of Self-Employment in Ireland’s Older Workforce. ESRI DISCUSSION PAPER SERIES IZA DP No. 11663, July 2018

Nolan, Anne and Barrett, Alan (2018) The Role of Self-Employment in Ireland’s Older Workforce. ESRI DISCUSSION PAPER SERIES IZA DP No. 11663, July 2018. [Discussion Paper]

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    A feature of employment at older ages that has been observed in many countries, including Ireland, is the higher share of self-employment among older labour force participants. This pattern of higher self-employment rates at the end of the labour market career may reflect lower rates of retirement among the self-employed compared to employees, as well as transitions into self-employment at older ages. In this paper, we use data from four waves of the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), spanning the period 2010-2016, to examine both the characteristics of the older self-employed in Ireland and the determinants of transitions in employment states at older age. We find that the higher proportion of self-employed people at older ages in Ireland results from lower retirement rates among the self-employed and not from transitions from employment to self-employment. This is in contrast to other countries such as the US where transitions into self-employment are more prevalent. We find that the self-employed are older, more likely to be male, and significantly less likely to have any form of supplementary pension cover than the employed. These lower retirement rates and lower degrees of pension cover suggest that standard approaches to pension provision may be less effective in proving attractive to the self-employed in Ireland.

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    Item Type: Discussion Paper
    Uncontrolled Keywords: retirement, self-employment, older workers, Ireland
    Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > employment/labour market
    Countries > Ireland
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Discussion Paper
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 26 Dec 2019 13:13
    Number of Pages: 39
    Last Modified: 26 Dec 2019 13:13

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