Intergenerational Ethnic Enclave Influences on the Likelihood of Being Self-Employed

46 Pages Posted: 9 Oct 2007  

Gregory Fairchild

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

How does the experience of living in an ethnic enclave during formative years influence the propensity to be self-employed? This study examines the intergenerational influence of exposure to self-employed, co-ethnic neighbors on the likelihood that racial or ethnic minorities will become self-employed. The paper develops a model of factors that influence self-employment likelihood, including intergenerational co-ethnic predictors, and tests them through an analysis of respondents to the 2000 U.S. Census long-form survey (i.e., IPUMS). Results show that higher levels of exposure to entrepreneurial co-ethnics in the parent's generation have a strong impact on self-employment likelihood.

Keywords: Segregation, Self-employment, Urban Areas, Racial Groups

Suggested Citation

Fairchild, Gregory, Intergenerational Ethnic Enclave Influences on the Likelihood of Being Self-Employed. Journal of Business Venturing, Forthcoming; Darden Business School Working Paper No. 1019540. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1019540

Gregory Fairchild (Contact Author)

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business ( email )

P.O. Box 6550
Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
United States

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