City-REDI Webinar Series: COVID-19 and Self-Employment in the UK – 13th May 2020, 1 pm – 2 pm

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City-REDI will be holding a series of webinars over the next few months, details can be found below. Next up in the series is Dr Darja Reuschke, Associate Professor in Human Geography from the University of Southampton:

COVID-19 and self-employment in the UK

Date: Wednesday, May 13th, 1:00-2:00 pm (UK time) on Zoom

Abstract: The sudden closure of businesses and tight social distancing restrictions on the movement of people in the attempt to slow down the spread of Covid-19 is having unprecedented effects on employment and businesses activity. Employment in non-food personal and domestic services is directly affected since customers are required to stay at home except for essential shopping for food and medical supplies, and where possible work from home, and so no longer permitted to use these services. Using the most recently available employment data for the UK, this study estimates which groups are most likely to be affected by the current crisis and how the employment effects may vary by regions. Estimates show that the self-employed and particularly self-employed women are hit by the crisis. The regional effect is significantly different for paid employment and self-employment. Findings suggest that the current crisis increases social inequality in employment and the spatial inequality in entrepreneurial activities.

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Upcoming webinars:

Time (UK) Date Presenter Affiliation Title Link to register
1-2pm 20th of May Peter Batey University of Liverpool The Batey-Madden model: forty years and counting (or should that be multiplying?!) Register here
1-2pm June TBC Elvira Uyarra The University of Manchester TBC Not available yet
1-2pm 1st of July Kristinn Hermannsson University of Glasgow The Effect of the Tertiary Education Sector on Youth Unemployment and NEET Rates in European Regions during a Period of Economic Instability Not available yet

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