Immigration policy and entrepreneurship

Mahuteau, Stéphane and Piracha, Matloob and Tani, Massimiliano and Vaira-Lucero, Mathias (2014) Immigration policy and entrepreneurship. International Migration, 52 (2). pp. 53-65. ISSN 0020-7985. E-ISSN 1468-2435. (doi: (Full text available)


This paper analyses the impact of a change in Australia’s immigration policy, introduced in the mid-1990s, on migrants’ probability of becoming entrepreneurs. The policy change consists of stricter entry requirements and restrictions to welfare entitlements. The results indicate that those who entered under more stringent conditions – the second cohort – have a higher probability to become self-employed, than those in the first cohort. We also find significant time and region effects. Contrary to some existing evidence, time spent in Australia positively affects the probability to become self-employed. We discuss the intuitions for the results and their policy implications.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: immigration policy, entrepreneurship, migration
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Economics
Depositing User: Matloob Piracha
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2016 17:10 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2017 16:59 UTC
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