Intergenerational Ethnic Enclave Influences on the Likelihood of Being Self-Employed
University of Virginia - Darden School of Business
Journal of Business Venturing, Forthcoming
Darden Business School Working Paper No. 1019540
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 46
Keywords: Segregation, Self-employment, Urban Areas, Racial Groups
Date posted: October 9, 2007