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Arab ethnic enterprises in colonial Singapore: Market entry and exit mechanisms 1819 - 1965

Mattar, Yasser


Ethnic entrepreneurs often concentrate in specific economic activities. Arab entrepreneurs in Singapore from the time of their first recorded arrivals in 1819 until the 1850s were concentrated in the consumer goods industry. The exit of the Arabs from consumer goods provision saw them moving into the real estate industry in the 1880s, where they remained concentrated until the 1940s. By the 1970s, however, no visible concentration of Arab entrepreneurs could be discerned. This paper argues that...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2004
Type: Journal article
Source: Asia Pacific Viewpoint


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