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Choice or Necessity: Do Immigrants and Their Children Choose Self-employment for the Same Reasons?


  • Abada, Teresa
  • Hou, Feng
  • Lu, Yuqian


Immigrants in major industrialized countries are disproportionately represented in self-employment as compared to the domestic-born. Using a generational cohort method and data from the 20% sample file of the 1981 Canadian Census and the 20% sample file of the 2006 Canadian Census, this study examines whether the effects of three important determinants of self-employment--expected earnings differentials between paid employment and self-employment, difficulties in the labour market, and ethnic enclaves--differ between immigrants and the Canadian-born, between children of immigrants and children of the Canadian-born, and between children of immigrants and their parents.

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  • Abada, Teresa & Hou, Feng & Lu, Yuqian, 2012. "Choice or Necessity: Do Immigrants and Their Children Choose Self-employment for the Same Reasons?," Analytical Studies Branch Research Paper Series 2012342e, Statistics Canada, Analytical Studies Branch.
  • Handle: RePEc:stc:stcp3e:2012342e

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    Ethnic diversity and immigration; Ethnic groups and generations in Canada; Immigrants and non-permanent residents; Labour market and income;

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