Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Jonker-Hoffren, Paul
Organisation Tampere University
Project title
Labor market participation through networks? Self-employed workers in Finland and the Netherlands
Decision No. 326644
Decision date 13.06.2017
Funding period 01.01.2019 - 31.08.2020
Funding 137 202
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Project description
My project studies the labor markets of self-employed work in Finland and the Netherlands. Self-employment is an increasingly common form of employment. This may be a result of labor market policies. Regardless of this, it is not so well-understood how the labor markets work for this category of employment. In the 1970s there was fruitful interdisciplinary research on labor markets, which main contribution was that labor markets are structurally differentiated into segments. Actors behave differently in different segments. Important research gaps have opened due to changing research trends, in particular since firms are not anymore the main arrangement of economic activity: networks are increasingly important. Self-employed work is very dependent on how networks function and my project aims to fill a research gap on this issue, since for labor market policies it is important to understand how actors in the network behave and how networks affect labor market participation.