Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149284
Authors: 
Pekkala, Sari
Kerr, William R.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
CESifo Working Paper 6197
Abstract: 
We examine immigrant entrepreneurship and the survival and growth of immigrant-founded businesses over time relative to native-founded companies. Our work quantifies immigrant contributions to new firm creation in a wide variety of fields and using multiple definitions. While significant research effort has gone into understanding the economic impact of immigration into the United States, comprehensive data for quantifying immigrant entrepreneurship are difficult to assemble. We combine several restricted-access U.S. Census Bureau data sets to create a unique longitudinal data platform that covers 1992-2008 and many states. We describe differences in the types of businesses initially formed by immigrants and their medium-term growth patterns. We also consider the relationship of these outcomes to the immigrants’ age at arrival to the United States.
Subjects: 
immigration
entrepreneurship
entry
firm survival and growth
venture capital
high-tech
JEL: 
F22
J15
J44
J61
L26
M13
O31
O32
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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