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Black–White gap in self-employment. Does intra-race heterogeneity exist?

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Past research on the determinants of self-employment in the United States has emphasized the importance of ethnicity. In particular, self-employment rates for Blacks lag far behind those of other racial groups for comparable individuals. This research examines two related issues: Does the dummy variable coefficient associated with the Black–White self-employment gap exhibit intra-race heterogeneity? Second, does this variable have diminished or increased impact across generations? We decompose the sample into subgroups and find that the size of the Black–White self-employment gap varies within subgroups of African-Americans. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC. 2013

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  • Ruth Oyelere & Willie Belton, 2013. "Black–White gap in self-employment. Does intra-race heterogeneity exist?," Small Business Economics, Springer, vol. 41(1), pages 25-39, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:sbusec:v:41:y:2013:i:1:p:25-39
    DOI: 10.1007/s11187-011-9403-y
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    Self-employment; Black–White gap; Ethnicity; Race; Disparity in exposure; L26; J1; J4;
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    • L26 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - Entrepreneurship
    • J1 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demographic Economics
    • J4 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Particular Labor Markets

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