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Firm Characteristics of U.S.-located Businesses by Race and Ethnicity, 2007

Submitted by on August 27, 2012 – 8:06 pmNo Comment

One of my areas of research is minority and immigrant entrepreneurship in the United States.  Along with having written articles published in academic sources and popular media sources on the topic, I developed two courses that I teach at the University of Pennsylvania that address them: Ethnic Economies and Globalization and Immigrant Urban Labor in the United States. In both courses, students submit data analysis assignments that familiarize them with data sources and patterns used by academicians, practitioners, policy makers, and community advocates. For Ethnic Economies, one of the data analysis assignments involves students examining patterns of business ownership in the United States and racial and ethnic differences in entrepreneurship.  Here is the data table my students currently use for this assignment.  The source is the 2007 Survey of Business Owners (SBO) from the United States Census Bureau.  The SBO is conducted every five years, with 2007 being the latest year.  As such, this is the most up to date data available.

As you will note, details for ethnicities of the Asian American and Hispanic categories are provided. The SBO does not provide details on the ethnic backgrounds for the category Black or African American.

Feel free to use these tables for your own research, writing, and activist projects but please make sure to include the following citation: Nopper, Tamara K. 2011. “Firm Characteristics of U.S.-located Businesses by Race and Ethnicity, 2007.”  www.tamaranopper.com.


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