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The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States


Randall Akee


Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

David A. Jaeger


Ph.D. Program in Economics, City University of New York Graduate Center; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Cologne - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA); CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute); University College London - CReAM - Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration

Konstantinos Tatsiramos


School of Economics, University of Nottingham


IZA Working Paper No. 3250

Abstract:     
Using recently-available data from the New Immigrant Survey, we find that previous self-employment experience in an immigrant's country of origin is an important determinant of their self-employment status in the U.S., increasing the probability of being self-employed by about 7 percent. Our results improve on the previous literature by measuring home-country self-employment directly rather than relying on proxy measures. We find little evidence to suggest that home-country self-employment has a significant effect on U.S. wages in either paid employment or self employment.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: self-employment, entrepreneurship, New Immigrant Survey

JEL Classification: J61, J21


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Date posted: May 23, 2008  

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Akee, Randall and Jaeger, David A. and Tatsiramos, Konstantinos, The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States. , Vol. , pp. -, . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1136412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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School of Economics, University of Nottingham ( email )
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