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The Role of Turkish Immigrants in Entrepreneurial Activities in Germany

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  • Amelie Constant

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    (The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn)

  • Yochanan Shachmurove

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    (Departments of Economics, City College of The City University of New York and University of Pennsylvania)

  • Klaus F. Zimmermann

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    (Bonn University, IZA and DIW Berlin)

Abstract

This paper addresses a central issue to migration the role of immigrants in entrepreneurial activity. In particular, the paper focuses on the determinants of the decision to become an entrepreneur for Turks living in Germany. The paper provides some important benchmarks, including the self-employment behavior of natives. The paper utilizes a comprehensive and reliable data base, the German Socioeconomic Panel to undertake systematic econometric analyses using appropriate statistical methods. The findings are that observable characteristics play different roles in the self-employment choice of immigrants and natives, whereas age-earnings profiles are similar for native and immigrant entrepreneurs.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 05-029.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:05-029

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Keywords: Entrepreneurship; Self-employment; Immigration; Guest-workers; Turkey; Germany; European Union; German Socioeconomic Panel Data; Binomial Logit; Treiman international occupational prestige scale.;

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  1. Bruder, Jana & Räthke-Döppner, Solvig, 2008. "Ethnic minority self-employment in Germany: Geographical distribution and determinants of regional variation," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 100, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.
  2. Rashidi, Sheida & Pyka, Andreas, 2013. "Migration and innovation: A survey," FZID Discussion Papers 77-2013, University of Hohenheim, Center for Research on Innovation and Services (FZID).
  3. Selim Çagatay & Murat Genç & Onur Koska, 2013. "The Impact of Immigration on International Trade in Europe: The Case of the EU-Mediterranean-Eastern Europe Zone," ERSA conference papers ersa13p376, European Regional Science Association.
  4. Bruder, Jana & Neuberger, Doris & Räthke-Döppner, Solvig, 2008. "Financial constraints of ethnic entrepreneurship: Evidence from Germany," Thuenen-Series of Applied Economic Theory 84, University of Rostock, Institute of Economics.

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