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Immigrant Entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley


This anicle documents the growing presence of highly educated and technically skilled Indian and Chinese immigrants in the Silicon Valle y workforce. These immigrants are employed in the high-tech sectors of the economy at greater rates than the general population, are more likely to work in manufacturing than services, and have a greater degree of professional employment than the norm. Census and corporate data suggest that Indian- and Chinese-run businesses are already a substan tial force in the Silicon Valley economy comprising almost one-quaner of high -tech firms. Finally this anicle provides examples of local networks that suppon en trepreneurial dynamism among these immigrant groups and explores the implications of this research for economic development policy.

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