Migration and Rural Entrepreneurship
AbstractThis paper investigates entrepreneurship of migrants and their location choice in attempt to draw connections between migration and economic development, especially the role of business formation in rural development. Rural entrepreneurship is firstly attempted to be better understood form perspectives of individual peopleâ€™s migration, human capital, social capital and family background. The study uses a recent survey on alumni of Iowa State University. We find that social capital and social networks established in oneâ€™s home region are shown to be a strong factor in location choice of entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs from rural origins tend to choose to start their businesses in rural areas in general and half of entrepreneurs migrate back to their home in particular to take local comparative advantages. Rural entrepreneurs are also more likely to obtain financial support from family members, friends and local banks to start a business.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Iowa State University, Department of Economics in its series Staff General Research Papers with number 13095.
Date of creation: 27 Jul 2009
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This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2009-08-08 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENT-2009-08-08 (Entrepreneurship)
- NEP-HRM-2009-08-08 (Human Capital & Human Resource Management)
- NEP-MIG-2009-08-08 (Economics of Human Migration)
- NEP-URE-2009-08-08 (Urban & Real Estate Economics)
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