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January 18 - 19, 2023


Workshop Economic and Psychological Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Self-employed


January 18 - 19, 2023


Joan Robinson Room
DIW Berlin
Room 3.3.002a
Mohrenstraße 58
10117 Berlin

Based on various data sources, the workshop will examine the economic and psychological situation of the self-employed three years after the onset of the COVID-19 crisis. Next to analyzing the immediate impact of the crisis, the workshop will address the adjustment measures taken by the self-employed and the long-term consequences. Possible research questions include what strategies the self-employed have adopted to cope with the crisis, what changes have occurred in employment biographies, and which implications the crisis might have on the choice of self-employment as a form of employment in the future.

The workshop is funded by the Society of Friends of DIW Berlin (VdF).


18 January 2023

14:00-14:15 Welcome Address by Alexander S. Kritikos
14:15-15:00 Roy Thurik (Montpellier Business School) | COVID-19, entrepreneurs' well-being and burnout, and recovery experiences
15:00-15:45 Daniel Graeber (DIW Berlin) | Entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic – monetary and non-monetary costs
15:45-16:15 Coffee Break
16:15-17:00 Miriam Gnad (Trier University) | Changes in entrepreneurial well-being and motivation: Effects on time and monetary investments in self-employment
17:00-17:45 Diemo Urbig (BTU Cottbus-Senftenberg) | Economic adjustment strategies of self-employed individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic: The case of complimentary paid jobs
19:00 Dinner

19 January 2023

09:30-10:15 Vincent Rost (ZEW Mannheim) | Digitalization and resilience among solo self-employed during the COVID-19 pandemic
10:15-11:00 Caroline Stiel (DIW Berlin) | German financial state aid during COVID-19 pandemic: Higher impact among digitalized self-employed
11:00 Lunch Buffet