The Comparative Immigrant Entrepreneurship Project (CIEP)
The CIEP survey of over 1,200 Colombian, Dominican, and Salvadoran family heads is the first to explicitly measure the extent of economic, political, and socio-cultural transnationalism among immigrants and to develop predictive models of these activities. The study was designed to examine the prevalence of transnational entrepreneurship in immigrant communities and to provide basic information about its empirical contours and correlates. The research design targeted newer Latin American immigrant nationalities in their primary areas of residential concentration in the U.S. and includes questions concerning the characteristics and regularity of the ties they maintain with their countries of origin. Specifically, the coverage includes Colombians in Queens, NY; Dominicans in Washington Heights (Upper Manhattan) and Providence, RI; and Salvadorans in the Washington DC metro area (the Adams Morgan section of DC and Alexandria, Virginia) and Los Angeles (Pico Union).
The published files include an explanatory statement of the study, a codebook, and data files in both SPSS and STATA format readily available for analysis. Results from CIEP have been published in major sociology journals and in specialized journals in the field of immigration. However, there is a great deal of additional information in these files that remains unanalyzed and that will be of interest to researchers in this field.
Portes, Alejandro and Josh DeWind. 2004. "A Cross-Atlantic Dialogue: The Progress of Research and Theory in the Study of International Migration." International Migration Review 38 (Fall): 828-851.
Guarnizo, Luis E., Alejandro Portes, and William J. Haller. 2003. "Assimilation and Transnationalism: Determinants of Transnational Political Action among Contemporary Immigrants." American Journal of Sociology 108 (May): 1211-48.
Portes, Alejandro. 2003. "Theoretical Convergencies and Empirical Evidence in the Study of Immigrant Transnationalism." International Migration Review 37 (Fall): 814-892.
Portes, Alejandro, Luis E. Guarnizo and William Haller. 2003. "Assimilation and Transnationalism: Determinants of Transnational Political Action among Contemporary Migrants." American Journal of Sociology 108 (May): 1211-1248.
Itzigsohn, Jose A. and Silvia G. Saucido. 2002. "Immigrant Incorporation and Sociocultural Transnationalism." International Migration Review 36 (Fall): 766-798.
Portes, Alejandro and Patricia Fernandez-Kelly. 2002. "Subversion and Compliance in Transnational Communities." Pp. 167-189 in S. Eckstein and T. Wickham-Crowley (eds.) Struggles for Social Rights in Latin America. New York: Routledge.
Portes, Alejandro, Luis E. Guarnizo, and William Haller. 2002. "Transnational Entrepreneurs: An Alternative Form of Immigrant Economic Adaptation." American Sociological Review (April): 278-298.
Landolt, Patricia. 2001. "Salvadoran Economic Transnationalism: Embedded Strategies for Household Maintenance, Immigrant Incorporation, and Entrepreneurial Expansion." Global Networks 1:217-42.
Portes, Alejandro. 2001. "The Debates and Significance of Immigrant Transnationalism." Global Networks S 1 (July): 181-193.
Guarnizo, Luis E. and Luz M. Diaz. 1999. "Transnational Migration: A View from Colombia." Ethnic and Racial Studies 22 (March): 397-421.
Guarnizo, Luis E., Arturo I. Sanchez, and Elizabeth Roach. 1999. "Mistrust, Fragmented Solidarity, and Transnational Migration: Colombians in New York and Los Angeles." Ethnic and Racial Studies 22 (March): 367-96.
Itzigsohn, Jose, Carlos Dore, Esther Fernandez, and Obed Vazquez. 1999. "Mapping Dominican Transnationalism: Narrow and Broad Transnational Practices." Ethnic and Racial Studies 22 (March): 316-339.
Landolt, Patricia, Lilian Autler, and Sonia Baires. 1999. "From 'Hermano Lejano' to 'Hermano Mayor': The Dialectics of Salvadoran Transnationalism." Ethnic and Racial Studies 22 (March): 290-315.