Jewish Immigrant Entrepreneurship in New York and London, 1880-1914: Enterprise and Culture

Jewish Immigrant Entrepreneurship in New York and London, 1880-1914: Enterprise and Culture

Jewish Immigrant Entrepreneurship in New York and London, 1880-1914: Enterprise and Culture

Jewish Immigrant Entrepreneurship in New York and London, 1880-1914: Enterprise and Culture

Synopsis

The controversy over culture and British 20th century economic performance has raged for many decades. Now, through selecting a control population, the link between British and American cultural values and entrepreneurship is finally unearthed. Using new evidence of Jewish immigration, mobility, and assimilation, Andrew Godley shows that despite similar backgrounds and opportunities, the Jews in London were far less entrepreneurial, preferring to remain as workers. However, in America Jews moved en masse into self-employment creating an innovative, dynamic economy while Britain remained stagnant and conservative.
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