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International Journal of Economics and Business Research
International Journal of Economics and Business Research


Special Issue on: "Micro and Macro Implications of Self-Employment as a Work Alternative"

Guest Editor:
Dr. Leanna Lawter, Sacred Heart University, USA

Self-employment is viewed as a rudimentary form of entrepreneurship (Blanchflower and Oswald, 1998). While entrepreneurship as a whole is primarily focused on the acquisition and expansion of capital (Kao, 1993; Carland, Carland, and Hoy, 2002), self-employment is many times seen as an alternative work arrangement from being an employee of an organisation (Prottas and Thompson, 2006).

Despite the fact that self-employment is also the predominant form of entrepreneurship (Blanchflower, 2000), little research exists on self-employment. The purpose of this special issue is to critically explore both the micro level and macro level implications of self-employment as relates to both individuals and society as a whole.


Blanchflower, D. G. (2000). Self-Employment in OECD Countries. Labour Economics, 7, 471-505.

Blanchflower, D. G, and Oswald, A. (1998). What Makes an Entrepreneur?. Journal of Labor Economics, 16(1), 26-60.

Carland, H., Carland, J. W., and Hoy, F. (2002). Who is an entrepreneur? Is a question worth asking. Entrepreneurship: Critical Perspectives on Business and Management, 2, 178.

Kao, R. W. Y. (1993). Defining Entrepreneurship: Past, Present and ?. Creativity and Innovation Management, 2(1,), 69–70.

Prottas, D. J., and Thompson, C. A. (2006). Stress, satisfaction, and the work-family interface: A comparison of self-employed business owners, independents, and organizational employees. Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 11(4), 366.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Impact on wealth creation and wealth distribution
  • Economic conditions of self-employed workers
  • Job and life satisfaction of self-employed workers
  • Entry into self-employment
  • Career stages of self-employed workers
  • Cultural impact on self-employment
  • Misconceptions of self-employment

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online. To submit a paper, please read our Submitting articles page.

Important Dates

Manuscripts due by: 31 December, 2014

Notification to authors: 31 March, 2015

Final versions due by: 30 June, 2015