Small Business Economics

, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp 155–172 | Cite as

Self-Employment Matching: An Analysis of Dual Earner Couples and Working Households

  • Sarah Brown
  • Lisa Farrel
  • John G. Sessions


This paper explores the significance of intra-couple and intra-household influences on self-employment. It may be the case that employment type matching is prevalent whereby individuals within a couple or household are characterised by similar types of employment. Alternatively, an individual may pool income risk with his/her partner by holding a diversified portfolio of employment types within the household thereby introducing an element of intra-household risk pooling. Such an arrangement may be particularly appropriate if one member of the couple is self-employed. We utilise ordered probit and random effects ordered probit analysis to explore the prevalence of employment matching and/or risk pooling within couples or households. Our empirical analysis which is based on cross-section data drawn from the British Family Expenditure Surveys 1996 to 2000 provides evidence of employment type matching both within dual earner couples and, to a lesser extent, in the wider context of working household members.


Dual Earner Couples Performance Related Pay Random Effects Ordered Probit Model Self-employment 

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J20 J23 J24 J12 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Department of EconomicsUniversity of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Department of Economics and International DevelopmentUniversity of BathBathUnited Kingdom

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