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Randall K.Q Akee, David A Jaeger and Konstantinos Tatsiramos
''The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States''
( 2013, Vol. 33 No.1 )
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 self-employment status in the U.S., increasing the probability of being self-employed by about 7 percent relative to an unconditional self-employment probability of about 10 percent. This effect is statistically significant and quantitatively important, being equivalent to at least 7 years of U.S.-based education. Our results improve on the previous literature by measuring home-country self-employment directly rather than relying on proxy measures.
Keywords: Self-employment, entrepreneurship, New Immigrant Survey
JEL: J6 - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies: General
J2 - Demand and Supply of Labor: General
Manuscript Received : Oct 11 2012 Manuscript Accepted : Jan 14 2013

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