The International Asian Business Success Story?

Edited by Robert W. Fairlie, Julie Zissimopoulos and Harry Krashinsky

in International Differences in Entrepreneurship

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226473093
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226473109 | DOI:
The International Asian Business Success Story?

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This chapter discusses the flow of Asian immigrants to Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States, to analyze the selection in with regard to entrepreneurship and success in running the business. The microdata from the censuses of the three countries are used to compare differences across the ethnic backgrounds that entrepreneurs come from—in particular, Chinese, Indian, and other Asian immigrant groups. A few striking facts emerge from the research. Asian immigrants to all three countries have education levels that are higher than the national average, and in the United States, the education levels of Asian immigrants are particularly high relative to the entire population. Some of the variation in the education of Asian immigrants across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom is likely to be due to immigration policy. Business ownership rates of Asian immigrants in the United States and Canada are similar to the national average, and in the United Kingdom, they are substantially higher than the national average and the highest among all three countries. Businesses owned by the various immigrant groups are found to concentrate in different industries, which may be related to their relative skills and selection.

Keywords: Asian immigrants; entrepreneurship; micro data; education levels; immigration policy

Chapter.  11884 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Economics

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