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Immigrant Entrepreneurship

Sari Pekkala Kerr () and William Kerr ()

No 6197, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: We examine immigrant entrepreneurship and the survival and growth of immigrant-founded businesses over time relative to native-founded companies. Our work quantifies immigrant contributions to new firm creation in a wide variety of fields and using multiple definitions. While significant research effort has gone into understanding the economic impact of immigration into the United States, comprehensive data for quantifying immigrant entrepreneurship are difficult to assemble. We combine several restricted-access U.S. Census Bureau data sets to create a unique longitudinal data platform that covers 1992-2008 and many states. We describe differences in the types of businesses initially formed by immigrants and their medium-term growth patterns. We also consider the relationship of these outcomes to the immigrants’ age at arrival to the United States.

Keywords: immigration; entrepreneurship; entry; firm survival and growth; venture capital; high-tech (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F22 J15 J44 J61 L26 M13 O31 O32 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2016
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