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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


City University of New York Graduate Center; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); University of Cologne - Department of Economics

Konstantinos Tatsiramos


University of Leicester - Department of Economics; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


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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Konstantinos Tatsiramos
University of Leicester - Department of Economics
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Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) ( email )
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Bonn, D-53072
Germany
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