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Being your own boss and bossing others: The moderating effect of managing others on work meaning and autonomy for the self-employed and employees

Milena Nikolova, Boris Nikolaev and Christopher Boudreaux

No 993, GLO Discussion Paper Series from Global Labor Organization (GLO)

Abstract: We examine the moderating role of being a supervisor for meaning and autonomy of self-employed and employed workers. We rely on regression analysis applied after entropy balancing based on a nationally representative dataset of over 80,000 individuals in 30 European countries for 2005, 2010, and 2015. We find that being a self-employed supervisor is correlated with more work meaningfulness and autonomy compared with being a salaried supervisor working for an employer. Wage supervisors and self-employed supervisors experience similar stress levels and have similar earnings, though selfemployed supervisors work longer hours. Moreover, solo entrepreneurs experience slightly less work meaningfulness, but more autonomy compared with self-employed supervisors. This may be explained by the fact that solo entrepreneurs earn less but have less stress and shorter working hours than selfemployed supervisors.

Keywords: self-employment; supervisors; autonomy; work meaningfulness (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I31 L26 M10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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