Resilience of the Self-Employed to the Impacts of COVID 19

The Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Internationalisation warmly invites you to join guest speaker Professor Andrew Henley from the Cardiff Business School.

  • Wed 9 Dec 20

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Online


  • Event speaker

    Professor Andrew Henley. Cardiff Business School

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Internationalisation (REIMI) Research Seminar Series

  • Event organiser

    Essex Business School

  • Contact details

    Professor Niraj Kumar

This research seminar from the Centre for Research on Entrepreneurship, Innovation Management and Internationalisation (REIMI) research seminar series aims to explore and discuss the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the self-employed in the UK.

Seminar abstract

On the eve if the COVID 19 lockdown there were 5 million self-employed in the UK.

This presentation will review initial projections of the impact of the pandemic on the self employed and assess the currently available evidence drawing on Labour Force Survey data and the COVID 19 monthly surveys of the Understanding Society household panel.

The self-employed have experienced much more severe reductions in earnings compared to the employed because the latter have been, to date, protected by the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

On the other hand a large proportion of self-employed have not been supported because of being ruled ineligible for funding from the Self-Employed Income Scheme.

This study looks particularly at the differential income on men and women.

Preliminary findings show that women are no more likely to exit from self-employment than men, although they are more likely to experience earning loss.

This study control for a number of other differences to see whether this gender difference relates to differences in sector and the nature of self-employment, as well as well-established differences in the degree of risk aversion between men and women.


This seminar is free to attend with no need to book in advance. We welcome you to join with friends, colleagues and classmates.

Speaker bio

Professor Andrew Henley is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Economics, and Director of Research Engagement and Impact at the Cardiff Business School, UK. 

He is a Research Fellow of the IZA Institute of Labor, Bonn, and was also elected to Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales in 2017.

His published research in over 60 peer reviewed articles, 2 books and a range of book contributions spans Entrepreneurship and Small Business, Regional Economics and Labour Economics.

He has considerable experience in the leadership of externally funded research and consultancy activity.

Professor Henley is currently involved in three ESRC/UKRI funded projects, relating to the UK productivity gap and to understand the economic impact of the COVID19 pandemic.

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