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Geoff Mulgan, Nesta; Will Hutton, Hertford College, Oxford; and Vicky Pryce, Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), Adam Lent, RSA

A high-profile one-day summit exploring the causes and consequences of the boom in self-employment.

Of all the economic trends seen in recent years, few have done more to catch the public imagination than the growth in self-employment – and for good reason. The number of people who work for themselves has grown by almost 30 per cent since 2000, with the result that 1 in 7 of the workforce now answer to themselves.
Yet despite its significance, there is still much that we do not know about the rise in self-employment. Why are so many people starting up in business? What role has new technology played in the boom? Is the growth in self-employment a good or bad for the UK economy? And, perhaps most importantly, what can policymakers and others do to help the self-employed flourish?
In a bid to answer these questions, the RSA, Google and Etsy will bring together leading thinkers for a day-long event of panel debates and stimulating discussions.

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