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Mexican-American Entrepreneurship

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  • Fairlie Robert

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    (University of California, Santa Cruz)

  • Woodruff Christopher M.

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    (University of California, San Diego)

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We conduct a comprehensive analysis of Mexican-American entrepreneurship. We find that low levels of education and wealth explain the entire gap between Mexican immigrants and non-Latino whites in business formation rates; together with language ability, these factors explain nearly the entire gap in business income. Legal status represents an additional barrier for Mexican immigrants, reducing business ownership rates by 0.7 percentage points. Human and financial capital deficiencies limit business ownership and business success among second and third-generation Mexican-Americans to a lesser extent. These findings have implications for the debates over the assimilation of Mexican-Americans in the United States.

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Volume (Year): 10 (2010)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 1-44

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  1. Fairlie, Robert W., 2011. "Entrepreneurship, Economic Conditions, and the Great Recession," IZA Discussion Papers 5725, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  2. Maude Toussaint-Comeau, 2005. "Do enclaves matter in immigrants’ self-employment decision?," Working Paper Series, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago WP-05-23, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

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