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High-tech immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States

Hart, David M. and Acs, Zoltan J. (2011) High-tech immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States. Economic Development Quarterly, 25 (2). pp. 116-129. ISSN 0891-2424

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Identification Number: 10.1177/0891242410394336


This article reports the results of a national survey that estimates the rate of immigrant entrepreneurship in a representative sample of high-impact firms in high-technology industries in the United States. The authors report key descriptive statistics about the companies and their founders. About 16% of the companies in the sample, for instance, number at least one immigrant entrepreneur among their founding teams, while about 77% of the immigrant entrepreneurs are U.S. citizens. Three multivariate analyses are carried out that compare high-impact, high-tech firms that count at least one immigrant in their founding teams with those that were founded by native-born entrepreneurs. It is found that the two groups of firms are similar with respect to economic and technological performance. Immigrant-founded firms are more likely to report that they have a strategic relationship with a foreign firm. The authors conclude by briefly considering the potential implications of their findings for immigration and economic development policy.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Sage
Divisions: Management
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: M - Business Administration and Business Economics; Marketing; Accounting > M0 - General
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 14:47
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:45

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