46 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2013
Date Written: December 23, 2013
Indian immigrants in the United States and other wealthy countries are successful in entrepreneurship. Using Census data from the three largest developed countries receiving Indian immigrants in the world -- the United States, United Kingdom and Canada -- we examine the performance of Indian entrepreneurs and explanations for their success. We find that business income of Indian entrepreneurs in the United States is substantially higher than the national average and is higher than any other immigrant group. Approximately half of the average difference in income between Indian entrepreneurs and the national average is explained by their high levels of education while industry differences explain an additional 10 percent. In Canada, Indian entrepreneurs have average earnings slightly below the national average but they are more likely to hire employees, as are their counterparts in the United States and United Kingdom. The Indian educational advantage is smaller in Canada and the United Kingdom contributing less to their entrepreneurial success.
Keywords: entrepreneurship, immigration, Indian migrants
JEL Classification: L260, J150
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Fairlie, Robert W. and Krashinsky, Harry A. and Zissimopoulos, Julie M. and Kumar, Krishna B., Indian Entrepreneurial Success in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom (December 23, 2013). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 4510. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2371246
By David Hart