Title: A sub-economy in Montreal
Authors: Morton Weinfeld
Addresses: McGill University, Canada
Abstract: This paper explores the size and socio-demographic characteristics of a Jewish sub-economy found in Montreal in the late 1970s and 1980s, along with other features of Jewish economic activity in Canadian cities. It is found that there is a much higher than expected degree of intra-group economic activity found linking Jewish entrepreneurs, employers, workers, suppliers, and customers. This activity can not readily be explained by factors like recent immigration, socio-economic gains, religiosity, or fear of discrimination. It is suggested that factors like inertia, pre-existing networks, and cultural preferences may play a role.
Keywords: Jewish sub-economy; Montreal; Canada; ethnic economies; Jews; intra-ethnic business; globalisation; entrepreneurship; inertia; pre-existing networks; culture; ethnic enclaves.
International Journal of Business and Globalisation, 2007 Vol.1 No.1, pp.34 - 50
Published online: 22 May 2007 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article