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Self-Employment and Ethnicity: An escape from poverty?

Why are some ethnic groups more likely to be self-employed? Is it a route to social mobility or a reflection of being locked out of other jobs?

The last decade has seen a dramatic rise in self- employment. Some ethnic groups have been part of this rise, whereas others have actually seen a fall. What should we conclude from the fact that some groups are more likely to be self-employed? Is self-employment a route to social mobility? Or is it a reflection of being locked out of the rest of the labour market?

This Viewpoint looks at how self-employment compares, and has changed, across ethnic groups in the UK.

This paper was originally published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation in July 2015 as part of its Viewpoint series.

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