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Immigrants Play a Disproportionate Role in American Entrepreneurship

Business Mirror, October 9, 2016

By Sari Pekkala Kerr and William R. Kerr

25022638104 78d0212f3e zDo immigrants actually steal jobs from native-born US citizens, or do they fuel job creation by playing a disproportionate role in US entrepreneurship? The research of Sari Pekkala Kerr, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW), and William R. Kerr, professor at Harvard Business School, seeks to address this issue. Their study uses restricted-access U.S. Census data to explore immigrant entrepreneurship.

Their findings include that while immigrants constitute 15 percent of the overall U.S. workforce, they account for a quarter of U.S. entrepreneurs. Immigrants also tend to launch firms smaller than native-founded firms. While immigrant-founded firms close at a faster rate, those that survive expand at a faster rate.

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