Immigration policy and entrepreneurship

Stéphane Mahuteau, Matloob Piracha, Massimiliano Tani, Matias Vaira Lucero

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBonn, Germany
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA)
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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NameIZA discussion paper
PublisherInstitute for the Study of Labor (IZA)


  • immigration policy
  • entrepreneurship
  • migration


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