Diversity, (in)equality and immigrant entrepreneurship in Germany

Hartmann, Carina ; Philipp, Ralf ; Leicht, René

Document Type: Conference presentation
Year of publication: 2019
Conference title: RENT XXXIII Research in Entrepreneurship and Small Business 2019
Location of the conference venue: Berlin, Germany
Date of the conference: 28.-29.11.2019
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (ifm)
Subject: 330 Economics
Classification: JEL:
Keywords (English): immigrant self-employment ; Germany ; entrepreneurial diversity ; mixed embeddedness ; structural opportunities ; institutional constraints ; social mobility ; multivariate analysis ; entrepreneurial venturing
Abstract: Diversity in resources and opportunities poses essential features of migrant entrepreneurship and simultaneously acts as its driving force. Diversity also correlates with contextual factors, as immigrant entrepreneurs are not only embedded in co-ethnic social capital networks, but also in external economic and institutional contexts. The paper addresses facets of the structure and development of immigrant entrepreneurship in Germany and explores how socio-cultural, structural and entrepreneurial diversity corresponds with (in)equality and social mobility. Integrating the scientific and political lenses on diversity, the paper aims at assessing how changes in contextual factors and in characteristics of diverse immigrant entrepreneurship in Germany have developed over time and to what extent immigrant entrepreneurs really differ from the immigrant active population. This has crucial implications for politics of social integration and economic support.

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