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The Impact of Ethnic Communities on Immigrant Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Sweden

Sam Tavassoli and Michaela Trippl ()

No 2017/17, Papers in Innovation Studies from Lund University, CIRCLE - Centre for Innovation Research

Abstract: This paper seeks to provide novel insights into the effects of ethnic communities on immigrants’ entrepreneurial activities. We investigate to what extent the decision of an employed immigrant to become an entrepreneur is associated with his or her embeddedness in ethnic networks in the host region. We capture such embeddedness through various mechanisms. Using longitudinal registered-data from Sweden and employing a Logit model, we find that merely being located in an ethnic community does not have an influence on immigrant entrepreneurship; rather what matters is being located in ethnic communities that have a high share of entrepreneurs themselves.

Keywords: Immigrants; entrepreneurship; ethnic communities; embeddedness; social capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D83 J61 M13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 35 pages
Date: 2017-10-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-cta, nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-mig and nep-ure
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