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Coming out of conflict: How migrant entrepreneurs utilise human and social capital

Nick Williams () and Besnik A. Krasniqi ()
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Nick Williams: University of Leeds
Besnik A. Krasniqi: University of Prishtina

Journal of International Entrepreneurship, 2018, vol. 16, issue 2, 301-323

Abstract: Abstract This paper examines how human and social capital influences the entrepreneurial activity of migrant entrepreneurs, with special reference to forced migrants due to conflict. The study uses Riinvest Migrant’s Survey data collected at the end of 2008 and beginning of 2009 to estimate the probability of entrepreneurial activity among Kosovan migrants. The findings demonstrate that host networking (foreign spouse and foreign language fluency) exerts a positive effect on entrepreneurial activity of migrants, while co-ethnic networking is found not to be important. We show that migration experience has a positive impact on the probability of entrepreneurship. Exposure to host country (both measured as years in migration and age) increases probability to start a business. Educational qualifications in the country of origin before migration do not have any influence on entrepreneurship, while specific business training in the country of residence has a positive impact. Contributions to scholarship on migrant entrepreneurship and policy approaches to mobilise them are discussed.

Keywords: Migration; Entrepreneurship; Intentions; Sample selection bias; P3; L26; F22; C26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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