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date: 30 September 2020

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In the classical and neoclassical economists' development of the theory of entrepreneurship, little role was allocated to one of the more obvious empirical observations of entrepreneurial behaviour: entrepreneurs have always been highly mobile individuals. This omission may of course have been because the focus of so much attention among nineteenth-century economists was on the dramatic events then unfolding in the industrializing regions of Britain and the United States, before then spreading further afield. This article reviews the literature on immigrant entrepreneurship, focusing especially on recently published investigations of historic cases, before making some theoretical observations and suggesting areas for further research.

Keywords: theory of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial behaviour, immigrant entrepreneurship, theoretical observations, industrializing regions, Britain

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