Migrant entrepreneurship, economic activity and export performance: Mapping the Danish trends by using registry micro-data

Shahamak Rezaei, Nikita Baklanov, Jan Vang Brambini-Pedersen

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    Recent studies on transnational entrepreneurship) suggest that migrant entrepreneur play an increasingly significant role as sources of economic activities and especially export revenue. The literature is, however, biased on the US experience, lacks a comparative perspective between migrants and non-migrants and is primarily anecdotal in nature (Saxenian, 2002; 2006, Ruzzlier et al, 2007; Honig and Drori, 2010, Drodi et al, 2010)). This paper aims at reducing this gap by mapping the recent changes in the role of migrant entrepreneurs as a source of increased economic activity and export revenue in the Danish context and thereby linking the challenges stemming from the transnational entrepreneurship literature to the immigration and internationalization of entrepreneurship literature. Entrepreneurial economic activity in this paper is proxied by the changing share of self-owned firms in across ethic categories. Export revenue is proxied by the number of firms in the different ethnic categories that exports. The Danish context provides unique data allowing for a comparison across migrants and non-migrants, across sectors and across time. The paper reveals that migrants play a decreasing role as sources of economic activity and export revenue and thus fails to provide support for the insights put forward by the transnational entrepreneurship literature. The findings suggest that the more ‘negative’ stance of the immigrations literature seems most adequate.
    Publikationsdato2 nov. 2013
    Antal sider37
    StatusUdgivet - 2 nov. 2013
    BegivenhedInternational Workshop on "Culture and Entrepreneurship" - University of Hong Kong, Department of Sociology, Centennial Campus, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
    Varighed: 2 nov. 20132 nov. 2013


    WorkshopInternational Workshop on "Culture and Entrepreneurship"
    LokationUniversity of Hong Kong, Department of Sociology, Centennial Campus
    Land/OmrådeHong Kong
    ByHong Kong

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