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The Long Persistence of Regional Entrepreneurship Culture: Germany 1925–2005

  • Michael Fritsch


  • Michael Wyrwich


We investigate the persistence of levels of self-employment and new business formation in different time periods and under different framework conditions. The analysis shows that high levels of regional self-employment and new business formation tend to be persistent for periods as long as 80 years and that such an entrepreneurial culture can even survive abrupt and drastic changes in the politic-economic environment. We thus conclude that regional entrepreneurship cultures do exist and that they have long-lasting effects.

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Paper provided by Utrecht University, Section of Economic Geography in its series Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) with number 1214.

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Length: 38 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2012
Date of revision: Jul 2012
Handle: RePEc:egu:wpaper:1214
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