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NILS Working paper no 179. Immigration policy and entrepreneurship

Stephane Mahuteau (), Matloob Piracha (), Max Tani and Matias Vaira Lucero
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Matias Vaira-Lucero

No 26077, NILS Working Papers from National Institute of Labour Studies

Abstract: This paper analyses the impact of a change in Australias immigration policy, introduced in the mid-1990s, on migrants probability of becoming entrepreneurs. The policy change consists of stricter entry requirements and restrictions to welfare entitlements. The results indicate that those who entered under more stringent conditions, the second cohort, have a higher probability to become self-employed, than those in the first cohort. We also find significant time and region effects. Contrary to some existing evidence, time spent in Australia positively affects the probability to become self-employed. We discuss intuitions for the results in the paper.

Keywords: Employment; Immigration and emigration; Government policy; Entrepreneurship (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2011
Note: Mahuteau, S.; Piracha, M.; Tani, M.; Lucero, M. 2011. Immigration policy and entrepreneurship. Working Paper No. 179
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