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Entrepreneurship as a household choice

   School of Management

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  Dr Chris Dawson  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

This project proposes a novel approach to entrepreneurship. We are interested in studying entrepreneurship as a household choice as opposed to an individual choice.

Recent literature highlights how entrepreneurial dynamics are not isolated from the family of the entrepreneur (both parents and partner). However, apart few exceptions, the choice to become entrepreneur is mainly treated as an individual one. 

Our research will consider the focal individual and their partner. In particular we propose to look at spouse factors such as 1) Relative income 2) personality 3) labour market characteristics and 4) cognitive ability & relative cognitive ability. This research will be based on quantitative analyses drawing from large panel dataset such as Understanding Society allowing to match individuals to their partners.

We are looking for outstanding candidates interested to work with advanced statistical methods and quantitative analyses. We will give preference to candidates with first at UG level and/or a distinction at master’s level.

Funding Notes

Studentships cover ‘Home’ tuition fees, research/training costs and stipend (£15,285 p.a., 2020/21 rate) for up to 3/4 years. Limited full scholarships may be available for academically excellent Overseas applicants. Overseas applicants may also be considered for UK award, if able to provide evidence of ability to fund the fee difference.
Candidates normally eligible for 'Home' fees are:
UK nationals*
Irish nationals living in the UK/Ireland
Applicants with settled or pre-settled* status in the UK under the EU Settlement Scheme
Applicants with indefinite leave to enter/remain in the UK
* must have lived in the UK/EEA/Switzerland continuously since September 2018.

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