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Are Migrant Firms Actually Different From Native Firms?

Alessandro Arrighetti (), G. Foresti (), S. Fumagalli () and Andrea Lasagni ()

No 2018-EP05, Economics Department Working Papers from Department of Economics, Parma University (Italy)

Abstract: A matched-pair analysis was performed to verify the existence or not of significant differences between native and migrant companies regarding firm-specific variables and the governance structure. Controlling for firm size, industry and geographical location, we found that proxy values for efficiency, capital intensity of production and services and profitability are not significantly different (or not lower) than those of native-owned small business. Evidence shows that previous studies concerning the diversity of immigrant-owned businesses are likely marked biased by methodological choices that did not take account of the concentration of these companies in “disadvantaged” firm size categories, industries or geographical locations.

Keywords: ethnic firms; native firms; immigrant enterpreneurship; matched-pair analysis (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: J15 L25 L26 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-mig and nep-sbm
Date: 2018
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