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

25 Pages Posted: 23 May 2008  

Randall Akee

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; 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

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.

Keywords: self-employment, entrepreneurship, New Immigrant Survey

JEL Classification: J61, J21

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1136412 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0042-7092.2007.00700.x

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Konstantinos Tatsiramos

School of Economics, University of Nottingham ( email )

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