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Determinants of immigrant self-employment rates and self-employment transitions : evidence from Switzerland

Guerra, Giuliano ; Maggi, Rico (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : Università della Svizzera italiana, 2012 ; 2012ECO001.

The thesis focuses on the determinants of immigrant self-employment rates and self-employment transitions. The research is divided into three chapters. The focus of the first essay is on the effects of group characteristics and market conditions on self-employment propensity of immigrants. The results show that group characteristics such as linguistic ability and time elapsed since...

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The role of job satisfaction in transitions into self-employment

Guerra, Giuliano

As observed in many advanced economies experiencing an increase of self-employment rates since the late 1970s, a flourishing small- and medium-size enterprise sector is traditionally associated with positive economic development and growth. In the regional context, areas benefiting from an established entrepreneurial culture are in general more successful and innovative, as well as better...

Università della Svizzera italiana

Ethnic concentration, cultural identity and immigrant self-employment in Switzerland

Guerra, Giuliano ; Patuelli, Roberto ; Maggi, Rico

Immigrant self-employment rates vary considerably across regions in Switzerland. Business ownership seems to provide an alternative to wage labour, where immigrants have to face structural barriers such as the limited knowledge of the local language, or difficulties in fruitfully making use of their own human capital. Despite the historically high unemployment rates with respect to natives,...