Self-employment and entrepreneurship: lessons from tax records and challenges for policy

| 09:30 - 13:00
Location: RICS -

12 Great George Street

Parliament Square



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40% of the growth in the UK’s workforce since 2008 has come from people working for their own business. IFS researchers are using administrative tax records to learn more about the self-employed and company owner-managers, including their characteristics, how these groups have been changing in recent years and how they respond to the tax system.

This event will showcase new IFS research on the characteristics and behaviour of this population and discuss the design of policies aimed at promoting small business. It will also feature a panel discussion on designing policy for small business owners, looking at:

  • How could and should small businesses feature in the UK’s Industrial Strategy?
  • How we can design tax policies that encourage entrepreneurship without promoting tax avoidance?
  • Are there constraints faced by small businesses that policy should seek to alleviate?

Registration and refreshments will be from 9.00, with the event starting at 9.30.

The support of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is gratefully acknowledged (through grant ES/R011699/1).