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By The Economy In Enterprise and Zulema Valdez and Zulema Valdez


Abstract: Although entrepreneurial success is often attributed to reciprocity in "ethnic resources " or "social capital," this explanation does not directly address ethnic groups with marginal business-ownership, such as among Mexicans, or non-immigrant, "non-ethnic " business-ownership, such as among Whites. Instead of focusing on ethno-cultural differences, this presentation suggests that three forms of economic integration-market-exchange, reciprocity, and redistribution--combine to facilitate entrepreneurship in a market economy. Relationships of exchange occur within a market economy in which a group is situated. Likewise, reciprocity, such as ethnic resources, or redistribution, such as government assistance, must also be situated within the context of the market when analyzing their impact on entrepreneurial success. Such a comprehensive and systematic perspective more fully explains ethnic differences in entrepreneurship. Using the 1990 CENSAS (long-form census data with tractlevel information) and the 1992 Characteristics of Business-Owners database, Valdez argues that in a capitalist economy, market exchange facilitates success while reciprocal and redistributive relationships compensate for market disadvantages, but will affect success only marginally. Since the 1970’s, the increase in business ownership has been especially noteworth

Year: 2002
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