Immigrant Entrepreneurship

67 Pages Posted: 21 Dec 2016

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Sari Pekkala Kerr

Wellesley College

William Kerr

Harvard University - Entrepreneurial Management Unit

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Date Written: November 24, 2016


We examine immigrant entrepreneurship and the survival and growth of immigrant-founded businesses over time relative to native-founded companies. Our work quantifies immigrant contributions to new firm creation in a wide variety of fields and using multiple definitions. While significant research effort has gone into understanding the economic impact of immigration into the United States, comprehensive data for quantifying immigrant entrepreneurship are difficult to assemble. We combine several restricted-access U.S. Census Bureau data sets to create a unique longitudinal data platform that covers 1992-2008 and many states. We describe differences in the types of businesses initially formed by immigrants and their medium-term growth patterns. We also consider the relationship of these outcomes to the immigrants’ age at arrival to the United States.

Keywords: immigration, entrepreneurship, entry, firm survival and growth, venture capital, high-tech

JEL Classification: F220, J150, J440, J610, L260, M130, O310, O320, O330

Suggested Citation

Kerr, Sari Pekkala and Kerr, William R., Immigrant Entrepreneurship (November 24, 2016). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 6197, Available at SSRN: or

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