"The work extends beyond the entrepreneurship literature and has the potential to inform studies in sociology and economics and within business schools."
— Linda Renzulli
, Administrative Science Quarterly
"The relationship between race and entrepreneurial success is a critical social issue. Fairlie and Robb provide a comprehensive discussion of the existing empirical literature in addition to presenting important new results. This volume is required reading for anyone who wants to understand racial differences in the propensity to start and grow new businesses."
, Department of Economics, Princeton University
"This book does what few other books do. It looks at the data on race and entrepreneurship and uses the facts, not ideology, to provide the correct answers. If you are an entrepreneur, policy maker, researcher or concerned citizen who cares about racial differences in entrepreneurial success then you need to read this book."
, author of Illusions of Entrepreneurship: The Costly Myths that Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Policy Makers Live By
"The relationship between race and ethnicity on the one hand and entrepreneurial activity and success on the other has attracted much discussion. But much of our understanding has been based on anecdote and preconception, rather than facts. Fairlie and Robb's book is a much-needed contribution, with careful research that dramatically enhances our understanding of this vital topic."
, Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking, Harvard Business School
About the Author
Robert W. Fairlie is Professor of Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an adjunct researcher at the RAND Corporation.
Alicia M. Robb is a Research Associate in Economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a senior economist with Beacon Economics.