Mexican Entrepreneurship

Edited by Robert W. Fairlie and Christopher Woodruff

in Mexican Immigration to the United States

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2007 | ISBN: 9780226066325
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226066684 | DOI:
Mexican Entrepreneurship

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This chapter explores several possible explanations of the lower rates of self-employment among Mexican immigrants in the United States. One possibility is that self-employment propensities of Mexican immigrants may be lower because the socioeconomic characteristics of Mexican workers in the United States differ systematically from those of Mexican workers who remain in Mexico. However, the differences in observed characteristics (such as education and age) between the two groups explain little of the gap between self-employment rates in Mexico and self-employment rates among Mexicans in the United States. Although the industrial distribution of workers differs between the two countries, these differences cannot account for the self-employment gap. The analysis suggests instead that barriers created by English language difficulties and legalization status may help to explain part of the relatively low rates of self-employment among Mexican immigrants.

Keywords: self-employment; Mexican immigrants; Mexican workers; English fluency; legalization status

Chapter.  12989 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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