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reason for leaving job for self-employment

Added by Xiaowei Xu 3 months ago. Updated 2 months ago.

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I'm doing some analysis on transitions into self-employment. As part of this I'd like to understand why people leave a previous employment job for self-employment.

I noticed that the majority of people in self-employment who were employed the previous wave (i.e. jbstat==1 & l.jbstat==2) are recorded as being continuously employed (empchk==1), so do not answer stendreas. But jbendreas is also coded as -8 inapplicable for most of these people. Is there another equivalent variable that would tell me why they left their previous job?

Thanks very much for your help!

Best wishes,



#1 Updated by Alita Nandi 2 months ago

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Hello Xiaowei,

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Our team is looking into this and will get back to you asap.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team

#2 Updated by Alita Nandi 2 months ago

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Hi Xiaowei,

I looked at the group of respondents who reported they were in paid employment in Wave 1 and self-employed in Wave 2 to understand why they were not asked the JBENDREAS question. Of the 467 cases which were in this group (a_jbstat=2 & b_jbstat=1), 55 were proxy respondents in Wave 2 (b_ivfio=2) and so were not asked this module. Of the remianing 412 cases, 19 were not asked empchk (empchk=-8) and 84 said no (empchk=2). The remaining 309 cases, were asked "And have you worked continuously for the same employer since [ff_IntDate]?" b_jbsamr. 1 said don't know (b_jbsamr=-1), 251 said yes (b_jbsamr=1) and 57 said no (b_jbsamr=2). These 57 respondents were then asked the reason their job ended, b_jbendreas. So, the main reason this information is missing for the group you are interested in is that they said they were working continuously for the same employer since last interview.

Best wishes,
Understanding Society User Support Team

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