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On Immigration and Native Entrepreneurship

David Jaeger, Harriet Orcutt Duleep and Peter McHenry ()

No 15920, CEPR Discussion Papers from C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers

Abstract: We present a novel theory that immigrants facilitate innovation and entrepreneurship by being willing and able to invest in new skills. Immigrants whose human capital is not immediately transferable to the host country face lower opportunity costs of investing in new skills or methods and will be more flexible in their human capital investments than observationally equivalent natives. Areas with large numbers of immigrants may therefore lead to more entrepreneurship and innovation, even among natives. We provide empirical evidence from the United States that is consistent with the theory’s predictions.

Keywords: Immigration; Innovation; entrepreneurship; Human capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 J24 J39 J61 L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-03
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