Immigrant Entrepreneurship: An American Success Story

Shai Bernstein, Ashley Brown & Gregory Brown
Date of Publication: 
June, 2019
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A growing body of rigorous academic literature empirically demonstrates that high-skilled immigrants provide a range of long-lasting and material benefits to the U.S. economy through entrepreneurship and innovation. Recent research has quantified the impact of foreign-born founders on key economic indicators such as firm creation, job creation and overall business innovation. Likewise, a growing body of literature documents how skilled immigrants have more broadly facilitated technological innovation. Despite the empirical evidence that high-skilled immigrants contribute significant value to the U.S. economy, major hurdles exist for them to obtain visas that allow for starting new ventures. In the current era of global talent competition, the authors of this report suggest that there are specific policies that the United States can implement to lower barriers for immigrant entrepreneurs, benefit from high-skilled immigrants and foster associated entrepreneurial economic growth.

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Bernstein, S., Brown, A. & Brown, G. (2019). Immigrant Entrepreneurship: An American Success Story. Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise. Retrieved from