Senior self-employment: The case of the Netherlands

Marleen Damman, Hanna van Solinge

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In the Netherlands, senior self-employment – defined as working in self-employment beyond state pension age – is on the rise. The aim of this chapter is to provide an overview of existing insights about senior self-employment in the Netherlands. After describing the institutional context, and presenting national statistics, in this chapter an overview is provided of two streams of literature related to senior self-employment. On the one hand, attention is paid to literature on the career self-employed and their retirement preparation and retirement behaviour. On the other hand, attention is paid to literature and new descriptive findings on post-retirement entry into self-employment (of former wage-employed workers). The existing empirical evidence suggests that for both groups of senior self-employed persons – both continuers and starters – prolonged employment was in the recent past often driven by opportunity. However, there are some indications that for future cohorts financial motives may start playing a more important role.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Ageing
EditorsC. Karlsson, M. Backman, O. Kekezi
Place of PublicationCheltenham
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing
ISBN (Electronic)9781788116213
ISBN (Print)9781788116206
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes


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