Creating Firms for a New Century: Determinants for Firm Creation around 1900
AbstractA rapidly growing literature in industrial economics and regional economics uses data sets of individual firms or regional firm creation rates to answer the central question: what makes entrepreneurs? Which factors encourage some people to set up their own business and create jobs, and what prevents potential entrepreneurs from doing so? This contribution explores the determinants of regional differences in firm creation rates by using a new data set of 4,036 individual firms from Southwest Germany around 1900. Agglomeration effects and earlier firm creations stimulate current firm creation. In addition, a small and medium firm environment allows the formation of specific human capital another favourable factor for a dynamic firm creation process in some regions.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung (IAW) in its series IAW Discussion Papers with number 11.
Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2003
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- Baten, Joerg, 2003. "Creating firms for a new century: Determinants of firm creation around 1900," European Review of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 7(03), pages 301-329, December.
- Jörg Baten, 2003. "Creating Firms for a New Century: Determinants of Firm Creation around 1900," CESifo Working Paper Series 1065, CESifo Group Munich.
- L20 - Industrial Organization - - Firm Objectives, Organization, and Behavior - - - General
- R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
- N63 - Economic History - - Manufacturing and Construction - - - Europe: Pre-1913
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