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Ethnic Social Networks and Self-Employment of Immigrant Men in the US


  • Maude Toussaint-Comeau

    (Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, 230 S. LaSalle, Chicago, IL 60646, USA)


This paper investigates empirically the importance of ethnic networks for self-employment decisions of immigrant men. The results confirm that ethnic networks, as conceptualized, are important. Consistent with a “pulled” effect framework, being surrounded by others from the same country of origin increases the probability of self-employment more so for individuals in groups with higher self-employment intensity than for individuals in groups with low self-employment intensity. Ethnic networks also work in other ways that are consistent with a “push” factor framework, enhancing the relative choice of self-employment for those with a presumably relative disadvantage in the labor market.

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  • Maude Toussaint-Comeau, 2012. "Ethnic Social Networks and Self-Employment of Immigrant Men in the US," Eastern Economic Journal, Palgrave Macmillan;Eastern Economic Association, vol. 38(1), pages 74-98.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:easeco:v:38:y:2012:i:1:p:74-98

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    1. ., 2012. "Migration impact assessment: a state of the art," Chapters,in: Migration Impact Assessment, chapter 1, pages 3-62 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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