The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States
AbstractUsing 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 self-employment has a significant effect on U.S. wages in either paid employment or self employment.
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- Randall K.Q Akee & David A Jaeger & Konstantinos Tatsiramos, 2013. "The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 33(1), pages 126-137.
- Randall Kekoa Quinones Akee & David A. Jaeger & Konstantinos Tatsiramos, 2007. "The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States," Working Papers 69, Department of Economics, College of William and Mary.
- Randall Kekoa Quinones Akee & David A. Jaeger & Konstantinos Tatsiramos, 2007. "The Persistence of Self-Employment Across Borders: New Evidence on Legal Immigrants to the United States," CReAM Discussion Paper Series 0717, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM), Department of Economics, University College London.
- J61 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Mobility, Unemployment, and Vacancies - - - Geographic Labor Mobility; Immigrant Workers
- J21 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Labor Force and Employment, Size, and Structure
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- NEP-ALL-2008-01-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENT-2008-01-12 (Entrepreneurship)
- NEP-GEO-2008-01-12 (Economic Geography)
- NEP-LAB-2008-01-12 (Labour Economics)
- NEP-MIG-2008-01-12 (Economics of Human Migration)
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