Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/65830
Authors: 
Foreman-Peck, James
Zhou, Peng
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Cardiff Economics Working Papers E2009/32
Abstract: 
The twentieth century United States provides a natural experiment to measure the strength and persistence of entrepreneurial cultures. Assuming immigrants bear the cultures of their birth place, comparison of revealed entrepreneurial propensities of US immigrant groups in 1910 and 2000 reflected these backgrounds. According to this test North-western Europe, where modern economic growth is widely held to have originated, did not host unusually strong entrepreneurial cultures. Instead such cultures were carried by persons originating from Greece, Turkey and Italy, together with Jews. The rise of widespread female entrepreneurship provides additional evidence by showing that this trait systematically responded less strongly, but in the same way, to cultural background as did male entrepreneurship.
Subjects: 
Entrepreneurship
Culture
Migration
JEL: 
D01
J15
J23
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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