Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research
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WEALTH BUILDING AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP: LESSONS FROM PAKISTANI/ISMAILI ENTERPRISES

John Sibley Butler, University of Texas at Austin

Patricia Gene Greene, Rutgers University


INTRODUCTION

Theoretical Considerations
South Asian Indians as a Topic of Research and Research Propositions
METHODS
ANALYSIS
Comparison of demographics
TABLE 1
TABLE 2
TABLE 3
Theoretical Testing for Ethnic Entrepreneurship
TABLE 4
CONCLUSIONS AND IMPLICATIONS
REFERENCES

 

ABSTRACT

This paper uses survey data collected from a Pakistani/Ismaili community in a Southwestern city to address two related research questions focused on relationship between wealth building and ethnic enterprise. First, how do the characteristics of the business owner and the firm compare to national U.S. statistics for ethnic business owners? Second, do theories of middleman minorities and ethnic enclaves explain the differences found? We do find significant differences between our community data set and that of the U.S. economic census, particularly regarding the size of the firm. We also find that established theories underlying the entrepreneurial behaviors of immigrant communities only partially explain the characteristics uncovered.


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