The Contribution of Migrants and Ethnic Minorities to Entrepreneurship in the United Kingdom

Jonathan Levie*, Mark Hart

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This chapter compares the entrepreneurial attitudes, activity and aspiration of a representative sample of over 38,000 individuals in the United Kingdom. White life-long residents are found to have less awareness of and less favourable attitudes towards entrepreneurship than other ethnic/migrant categories. Those with black ethnic backgrounds appear to exhibit higher entrepreneurial propensity, but this does not translate into significantly higher levels of actual business ownership. Both UK-born regional inmigrants and immigrants are more likely to be high-expectation early-stage entrepreneurs than life-long residents. However, belonging to any of fifteen different ethnic minorities rather than white British appears to have no effect on the propensity to be a high-expectation early-stage entrepreneur.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Dynamics of Entrepreneurship
Subtitle of host publicationEvidence from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Data
EditorsMaria Minniti
ISBN (Electronic)9780191728716
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Sep 2011

Keywords

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethnicity
  • GEM
  • Immigration
  • In-migrants
  • Minority
  • Minority entrepreneurship
  • United Kingdom

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