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Immigrant entrepreneurship and employment growth in the U.S.

Vox - CEPR's Policy Portal, August 10, 2016

By Sari Pekkala Kerr and William Kerr

Screen Shot 2016 08 18 at 10.50.13 AM“Immigrant entrepreneurs experience greater volatility – they fail more frequently, but those that persist experience greater employment growth than their native counterparts,” wrote Sari Pekkala Kerr and William Kerr in an article about their recent work. In the column for Vox – CEPR’s Policy Portal, Sari Pekkala Kerr, economist and senior research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women, and William Kerr, professor at Harvard Business School, explored the types of businesses founded by immigrants and their growth patterns, examining how these outcomes relate to immigrants’ arrival age to the U.S.

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