The impact of ethnic communities on immigrant entrepreneurship: evidence from Sweden

Tavassoli, S and Trippl, M 2019, 'The impact of ethnic communities on immigrant entrepreneurship: evidence from Sweden', Regional Studies, vol. 53, no. 1, pp. 67-79.


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Title The impact of ethnic communities on immigrant entrepreneurship: evidence from Sweden
Author(s) Tavassoli, S
Trippl, M
Year 2019
Journal name Regional Studies
Volume number 53
Issue number 1
Start page 67
End page 79
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Abstract This paper seeks to provide novel insights into the effects of ethnic communities on immigrants' entrepreneurial activities. We investigate to what extent the decision of an employed immigrant to become an entrepreneur is associated with his or her embeddedness in ethnic networks in the host region. We capture such embeddedness through various mechanisms. Using longitudinal-registered data from Sweden and employing a logit model, we find that merely being located in an ethnic community does not have an influence on immigrant entrepreneurship; rather, what matters is being located in ethnic communities that have a high share of entrepreneurs themselves.
Subject Entrepreneurship
Keyword(s) embeddedness
entrepreneurship
ethnic communities
immigrants
social capital
DOI - identifier 10.1080/00343404.2017.1395007
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