Ethnic Social Networks and Self-Employment of Immigrant Men in the US
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.
Volume (Year): 38 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
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