The Role of Turkish Immigrants in Entrepreneurial Activities in Germany
45 Pages Posted: 11 Nov 2005
Date Written: October 2005
This paper addresses a central issue to migration, the role of immigrants in entrepreneurial activity. In particular, the paper focuses on the determinants of the decision to become an entrepreneur for Turks living in Germany. The paper provides some important benchmarks, including the self-employment behavior of natives. The paper utilizes a comprehensive and reliable data base, the German Socioeconomic Panel to undertake systematic econometric analyses using appropriate statistical methods. The findings are that observable characteristics play different roles in the self-employment choice of immigrants and natives, whereas age-earnings profiles are similar for native and immigrant entrepreneurs.
Keywords: Entrepreneurship, Self-employment, Immigration,Guest-workers, Turkey, Germany, European Union, German Socioeconomic Panel Data, Binomial Logit, Treiman international occupational prestige scale.
JEL Classification: J0, C23, C25, F22, J23, J61
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