This study presents a sociological and demographic analysis of black self-employed persons in the United States. Utilizing the 1970 and 1980 Public Use Microdata Samples of the U.S. Bureau of the Census and logit analysis, three theoretical perspectives are tested. The findings reveal that, contrary to disadvantage theory, sociodemographic variables are most important in explaining patterns of Black entrepreneurship. Moreover, Black entrepreneurs are no more likely to venture into retail and service industries than nonblack entrepreneurs. Finally, the study concludes with a discussion of the policy implications of the findings.
Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University 1987.
Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 48-10, Section: A, page: 2732.