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The strength and persistence of entrepreneurial cultures

Foreman-Peck, James S. ORCID: and Zhou, Peng ORCID: 2013. The strength and persistence of entrepreneurial cultures. Journal of Evolutionary Economics 23 (1) , pp. 163-187. 10.1007/s00191-011-0239-z

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The twentieth century United States provides a natural experiment to measure the strength and persistence of entrepreneurial cultures. Assuming immigrants bear the cultures of their birth place, comparison of revealed entrepreneurial propensities of US immigrant groups in 1910 and 2000 reflected these backgrounds. Two measures of entrepreneurial culture are employed; the first is simply the chance that a member of the migrant group will be an employer and the second is the origin country effect on this probability, conditional upon personal characteristics. The preferred second measure shows persistence of some cultures and change of others over the twentieth century. Among the more stable cultures North-western Europe, where modern economic growth is widely held to have originated, did not host unusually strong entrepreneurial propensities. Instead such cultures were carried by persons originating from Greece, Turkey and Italy, together with Jews.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Business (Including Economics)
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
H Social Sciences > HF Commerce
H Social Sciences > HG Finance
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
Uncontrolled Keywords: Entrepreneurship ; Culture ; Migration
Additional Information: PDF uploaded in accordance with publisher's policies at (accessed 29.7.16).
Publisher: Springer
ISSN: 0936-9937
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 9 March 2020
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 01:57

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