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Migrant STEM Entrepreneurs

Christopher Baum (), Linda Dastory, Hans Lööf () and Andreas Stephan ()
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Linda Dastory: CESIS, KTH Royal Institute of Technology

No 965, Boston College Working Papers in Economics from Boston College Department of Economics

Abstract: STEM workers are considered to be key drivers for economic growth in the developed world. Migrant workers play an increasing role in the supply of this occupational category. We study the universe of STEM workers in the Swedish economy over the period 2003-2015 and find that migrants are less likely to form their own business, but those who are entrepreneurs earn income at least as large as that of their native-born counterparts. While the income differential for labor migrants may be partially explained by self-selection, the estimated effect is not significantly different between natives and refugee migrants.

Keywords: STEM; migration; entrepreneurship; income; panel data (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 L26 J44 J61 O14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ent, nep-mig and nep-sbm
Date: 2018-10-23
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