Dynamics of Self-Employment Among Older Workers


Janice Tupper (Editor)

Series: Business Issues, Competition and Entrepreneurship

Baby boomers, who were born between 1946 and 1964, are entering their retirement years. Since rates of self-employment rise with age, a disproportionate share of the self-employed is composed of middle aged or older workers. Some of these workers have been self-employed for much or all of their working lives while others have transitioned to self-employment later in their careers, often as a way of moving into retirement.

Future predictions of baby boomers as a key catalyst for small business growth in the next decade and beyond have tended to neglect an important trend. The self-employment rate among those nearing retirement (defined as individuals aged 55-64) has dropped substantially in the past 20 years. This book addresses questions about this decline, and discusses the self-employment transitions among the older American workers with career jobs. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Understanding Self-Employment Dynamics among Individuals Nearing Retirement (pp. 1-66)
Bradley T. Heim

Chapter 2 – Self-Employment Transitions among Older American Workers with Career Jobs (pp. 67-100)
Michael D. Giandrea, Kevin E. Cahill and Joseph F. Quinn


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