Whose Job Is It Anyway? Co-Ethnic Hiring in New U.S. Ventures
Sari Pekkala Kerr and
Working Papers from U.S. Census Bureau, Center for Economic Studies
We explore co-ethnic hiring among new ventures using U.S. administrative data. Co-ethnic hiring is ubiquitous among immigrant groups, averaging about 22.5% and ranging from 2% to 40%. Co-ethnic hiring grows with the size of the local ethnic workforce, greater linguistic distance to English, lower cultural/genetic similarity to U.S. natives, and in harsher policy environments for immigrants. Co ethnic hiring is remarkably persistent for ventures and for individuals. Co-ethnic hiring is associated with greater venture survival and growth when thick local ethnic employment surrounds the business. Our results are consistent with a blend of hiring due to information advantages within ethnic groups with some taste-based hiring.
Keywords: Hiring; immigration; entrepreneurship; job creation; E-Verify (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 J44 J61 J62 J71 L26 M13 M51 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 45 pages
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