Transnational Activities of Immigrant-Owned Firms and Their Performances in the United States

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Qingfang Wang

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte

Cathy Yang Liu

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies

Date Written: February 1, 2015

Abstract

Using microdata from the U.S. Survey of Business Owners (SBO) released in 2012, this study examines transnational activities of immigrant-owned businesses in three aspects: whether they export, outsource jobs, and have overseas establishments. Results show that immigrant-owned firms have significantly higher tendency to be involved in transnational economic activities when compared to non-immigrant owned firms. Immigrant firms without transnational activities have significantly smaller size of employees, annual total sales and total payrolls than non-immigrant firms. However, immigrant owned firms with transnational activities fare significantly better than non-immigrant owned firms without transnational activities. These findings speak directly to the long-debated issues concerning different motivations and performance outcomes of immigrant business ownership.

Keywords: immigrant entrepreneurship, transnational, internationalization, firm performance

JEL Classification: L26

Suggested Citation

Wang, Qingfang and Liu, Cathy Yang, Transnational Activities of Immigrant-Owned Firms and Their Performances in the United States (February 1, 2015). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 15-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2567426 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2567426

Qingfang Wang

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Charlotte ( email )

9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28223
United States

Cathy Yang Liu (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies ( email )

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

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