Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/35230
Authors: 
Akee, Randall K. Q.
Jaeger, David A.
Tatsiramos, Konstantinos
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3250
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.
Subjects: 
Self-employment
entrepreneurship
New Immigrant Survey
JEL: 
J61
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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