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Bosses of Their Own: Are Children of Immigrants More Likely than Their Parents to Be Self-Employed?

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  • Hou, Feng Abada, Teresa Lu, Yuqian
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    Self-employment has been regarded as an important pathway for many immigrants to engage in the labour market. However, little is known about self-employment among the children of immigrants. Using the 1981 and 2006 Canadian censuses of population and a generational cohort method of analysis, this paper compares the self-employment rates of immigrant parents and the children of immigrant parents when both were 25 to 44 years of age. The focus is on three questions: (1) Are children of immigrants likelier or less likely than immigrant parents to be self-employed?; (2) Are children of immigrants likelier or less likely than children of Canadian-born parents to be self-employed?; (3) Is the generational change in the self-employment rate from immigrant parents to the children of immigrants different from the generational change from Canadian-born parents to their children?

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    Paper provided by Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch in its series Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series with number 2012341e.

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    Date of creation: 16 Apr 2012
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    Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2012341e

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    Keywords: Ethnic diversity and immigration; Ethnic groups and generations in Canada; Immigrants and non-permanent residents; Labour market and income;

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