Self-employment as a route in and out of Britain's South East

Darja Reuschke

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    Based on Fielding’s Escalator Region Model (ERM) on South East England this paper examines whether the South East (SE) exports its ‘entrepreneurial culture’ and whether it gains entrepreneurial resources through internal migration using the BHPS 1991-2008. Results show that, consistent with the ERM, the region loses entrepreneurs. However, importantly, out-migrants from the SE are more likely to subsequently exit self-employment relative to other UK internal migrants. Despite its economic functions, the SE is no more likely to attract (would-be) self-employed entrepreneurs than other regions. This calls into question to what extent the SE acts as ‘escalator’ in terms of self-employment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)665-680
    JournalRegional Studies
    Issue number4
    Early online date26 Jun 2013
    Publication statusPublished - 3 Apr 2015


    • Self-employment
    • Internal migration
    • South East England
    • Escalator region
    • Panel data


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