Indian Entrepreneurial Success in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom

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Robert W. Fairlie

University of California, Santa Cruz - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research

Harry A. Krashinsky

University of Toronto - Centre For Industrial Relations

Julie M. Zissimopoulos

University of Southern California - Sol Price School of Public Policy; The RAND Corporation; University of Southern California - Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Krishna Kumar

RAND Corporation - Labor and Population

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Date Written: December 31, 2009

Abstract

Indian immigrants in the United States and other wealthy countries are successful in entrepreneurship. Using census data from the three largest developed countries in the world receiving Indian immigrants - the United States, United Kingdom and Canada - the authors examine the performance of Indian entrepreneurs and the causes of their success. In the United States, Indian entrepreneurs have average business income that is substantially higher than the national average and is higher than any other immigrant group. High levels of education among Indian immigrants in the United States are responsible for nearly half of the higher level of entrepreneurial earnings while industry differences explain an additional 10 percent. In Canada, Indian entrepreneurs have average earnings slightly below the national average but they are more likely to hire employees, as are their counterparts in the United States and United Kingdom. The Indian educational advantage is smaller in Canada and the United Kingdom contributing less to their entrepreneurial success.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, immigration, Indian migrants

JEL Classification: L26, J15

Suggested Citation

Fairlie, Robert W. and Krashinsky, Harry A. and Zissimopoulos, Julie M. and Kumar, Krishna, Indian Entrepreneurial Success in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom (December 31, 2009). RAND Working Paper Series WR- 727, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1533487 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1533487

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