Self-Employment among Immigrants: A Last Resort?
Based on unique register data of male immigrants in Denmark, we investigate whether self- employment is used as a last resort. To identify self-employment as a last resort, we define different types of immigrants as a function of transition probabilities between wage-employment, non-employment and self-employment. The transition probabilities are estimated using discrete competing risks models controlling for unobserved heterogeneity and duration dependence. We find that for certain groups of immigrants, a large fraction can be characterized as using self- employment as a last resort.
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