SCALES Seminars


Together with universities and institutes in the Netherlands and abroad, Panteia/EIM carries out a long term research program on entrepreneurship and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs. This program is also known as SCALES (SCientific AnaLysis of Entrepreneurship and SMEs). This research program has created a unique, authoritative and publicly available knowledge base of the prevalence and performance of small and/or new enterprises, with a special focus on the Netherlands. SCALES Seminars are held twice a year. At these seminars ongoing research carried out as part of the research program, as well as related research, is presented. It is meant to stimulate dissemination of research results as well as academic debate and discussion. SCALES seminars are organized by Panteia/EIM in cooperation with ERIM, ECSB and DARE. The present SCALES seminar is organised in cooperation with the Department of Applied Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam


Coffee and tea


Welcome by Roy Thurik


The role of freelancers for business and economic performance

  • Presenter: Andrew Burke (Bettany Centre for Entrepreneurship at Cranfield School of Management)
  • Discussant: Nardo de Vries (Panteia/EIM)


Self-employment and health: barriers or benefits?

  • Presenter: Niels Rietveld (ErasmusSchool of Economics)
  • Co-authors: Hans van Kippersluis andRoy Thurik (both Erasmus School of Economics)
  • Discussant: Niels Bosma (Utrecht University)


Coffee break


What drives environmental practices of SMEs?

  • Presenters: Brigitte Hoogendoorn and Peter van der Zwan (Erasmus School of Economics and Panteia/EIM)
  • Co-author: Daniela Guerra dosSantos (Technical University of Lisbon)
  • Discussant: Marta Berent-Braun (Nyenrode Business Universiteit)


Closing remarks by Roy Thurik



  • SCALES SEMINAR co-organised with the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM), the European Council for Small Business in the Netherlands (ECSB) and the Dutch Academy of Research in Entrepreneurship (DARE)