Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovation in the U.S. High-Tech Sector

  title={Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Innovation in the U.S. High-Tech Sector},
  author={J. David Brown and John S. Earle and Mee Jung Kim and Kyung Min Lee},
  journal={Labor: Human Capital eJournal},
We estimate differences in innovation behavior between foreign versus U.S.-born entrepreneurs in high-tech industries. Our data come from the Annual Survey of Entrepreneurs, a random sample of firms with detailed information on owner characteristics and innovation activities. We find uniformly higher rates of innovation in immigrant-owned firms for 15 of 16 different innovation measures; the only exception is for copyright/trademark. The immigrant advantage holds for older firms as well as for… 

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