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The persistence of self-employment across borders: new evidence on legal immigrants to the United States

Kekoa Quinones Akee, R.; Jaeger, D.A.; Tatsiramos, K.; (2007) The persistence of self-employment across borders: new evidence on legal immigrants to the United States. (Discussion Paper Series 17/07). Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

Using recently-available data from the New Immigrant Survey, we find that previous self-employment experience in an immigrant’s country of origin is an important determinant of their self-employment status in the U.S., increasing the probability of being self-employed by about 7 percent. Our results improve on the previous literature by measuring home-country self-employment directly rather than relying on proxy measures. We find little evidence to suggest that home-country self employment has a significant effect on U.S. wages in either paid employment or self employment.

Type: Working / discussion paper
Title: The persistence of self-employment across borders: new evidence on legal immigrants to the United States
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.econ.ucl.ac.uk/cream/publicationsdiscus...
Language: English
Keywords: J61, J21
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of Economics
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/14252
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