New research on immigrant entrepreneurship

Here is a very nice piece of scholarly work by Sari Pekkala and William R. Kerr on immigrant entrepreneurship in the US (NBER working paper version here, and here without the requirements to sign up). The paper provides us with some facts to debunk the very common popular belief that “immigrants steal our jobs”, which is a variant of the implicit misconception that the number of jobs in an economy is fixed. Continue reading New research on immigrant entrepreneurship

Political Trust of Immigrants

Anecdotical evidence tells me that immigrants from less developed countries exhibit lower levels of trust in the political institutions of their host countries than the native-born population. Immigrants vote less and seem to have less trust in the government and local politicians. Especially in the Arab world, conspiracy theories are widespread and they find their way into the public discourse of the host countries. Continue reading Political Trust of Immigrants