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The Long Persistence of Regional Levels of Entrepreneurship: Germany, 1925-2005

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  • Michael Wyrwich

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Fritsch M. and Wyrwich M. The long persistence of regional levels of entrepreneurship: Germany, 1925-2005, Regional Studies . This paper investigates the persistent levels of self-employment and new business formation in different time periods and under different framework conditions. The analysis shows that regional differences regarding the level of self-employment and new business formation tend to be persistent for periods as long as eighty years, despite abrupt and drastic changes in the political-economic environment. This pronounced persistence demonstrates the existence of regional entrepreneurship culture that tends to have long-lasting effects.

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  • Michael Fritsch & Michael Wyrwich, 2014. "The Long Persistence of Regional Levels of Entrepreneurship: Germany, 1925-2005," Regional Studies, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 48(6), pages 955-973, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:regstd:v:48:y:2014:i:6:p:955-973
    DOI: 10.1080/00343404.2013.816414
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