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The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States

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  • Randall Kekoa Quinones Akee

    (IZA)

  • David A. Jaeger

    ()
    (College of William and Mary, University of Bonn, and IZA)

  • Konstantinos Tatsiramos

    ()
    (IZA)

Abstract

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 their self-employment status in the U.S., increasing the probability of being self-employed by about 7 percent. Our results improve on the previous literature by measuring home-country self-employment directly rather than relying on proxy measures. We find little evidence to suggest that home-country selfemployment has a significant effect on U.S. wages in either paid employment or self employment.

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Paper provided by Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London in its series CReAM Discussion Paper Series with number 0717.

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  1. Caio Waisman & João Manoel Pinho de Mello & Eduardo Zilberman, 2013. "The Effects of Exposure to Hyperinflation on Occupational Choice," Textos para discussão 614, Department of Economics PUC-Rio (Brazil).

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