Thursday, January 19, 2012

[IWS] EMCC: Public measures to support self-employment and job creation in one-person and micro enterprises [10 January 2012]

IWS Documented News Service


Institute for Workplace Studies----------------- Professor Samuel B. Bacharach

School of Industrial & Labor Relations-------- Director, Institute for Workplace Studies

Cornell University

16 East 34th Street, 4th floor---------------------- Stuart Basefsky

New York, NY 10016 -------------------------------Director, IWS News Bureau



European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Dublin Foundation)

European Monitoring Centre on Change (EMCC)



Public measures to support self-employment and job creation in one-person and micro enterprises [10 January 2012]



[full-text, 45 pages]


Self-employment and job creation is a key policy area in Europe and is considered to be an important element in fostering economic growth and employment. The financial and economic crisis has had a negative impact on self-employment andconsequently policy focus has been directed at fostering job creation in this area. The aim of this study, based on research carried out by national correspondents across the European Union, is to identify what measures of support are available for those who want to create one-person and micro enterprises. The study finds that policies to aid entrepreneurship and thus help create jobsalready existed before the economic and financial crisis and have received only slightly more focus due to the crisis. In general, instruments to aid self-employment are not new, but have been given higher priority because of the crisis.


The study was compiled on the basis of individual national reports submitted by the ERM correspondents. The text of each of these national reports is available below. The reports have not been edited or approved by the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions. The national reports were drawn up in response to a questionnaire and should be read in conjunction with it.




Effects of the financial and economic crisis on self-employment

Entrepreneurship and job creation – policy perspective

Comparative analysis of measures initiated since 2008

Examples of good practice



Annex 1:List of identifiedinstrumentsfrom 2008 onwards(not crisisrelated)

Annex 2: List of crisis instrumentsidentified




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