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The Role of Turkish Immigrants in Entrepreneurial Activities in Germany

  • Amelie Constant

    ()

    (The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn)

  • Yochanan Shachmurove

    ()

    (Departments of Economics, City College of The City University of New York and University of Pennsylvania)

  • Klaus F. Zimmermann

    ()

    (Bonn University, IZA and DIW Berlin)

This paper addresses a central issue to migration the role of immigrants in entrepreneurial activity. In particular, the paper focuses on the determinants of the decision to become an entrepreneur for Turks living in Germany. The paper provides some important benchmarks, including the self-employment behavior of natives. The paper utilizes a comprehensive and reliable data base, the German Socioeconomic Panel to undertake systematic econometric analyses using appropriate statistical methods. The findings are that observable characteristics play different roles in the self-employment choice of immigrants and natives, whereas age-earnings profiles are similar for native and immigrant entrepreneurs.

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Paper provided by Penn Institute for Economic Research, Department of Economics, University of Pennsylvania in its series PIER Working Paper Archive with number 05-029.

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Length: 45 pages
Date of creation: 01 Oct 2005
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Handle: RePEc:pen:papers:05-029
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