IDEAS home Printed from
MyIDEAS: Log in (now much improved!) to save this paper

Spin-offs and Start-ups in The Netherlands

Listed author(s):
  • Sierdjan Koster


After a decade of widespread attention for the entrepreneurial efforts of individuals, the focus seems to partly shift to companies and their contribution to new firm formation. Especially the works of Klepper (2001) have provided a solid ground for research on the entrepreneurial activities of companies. He claims that these efforts are particularly of interest in the explanation of the evolution of economic clusters, such as the Detroit automobile industry and Silicon Valley. The evidence, brought forward by Klepper, is based on case studies and a thorough analysis of very inaccessible and complicated sources. For a structural and comparative analysis of regions and their spin-off activities an easy applicable and accessible measure is needed. In the Netherlands, the Chamber of Commerce has developed an indicator, which distinguishes between individual start-ups and ?other founding?. The latter group is designed to cover spin-off activities. Figures are published from 1995 onwards. Much in line with common studies of regional variance in entrepreneurial activity, this paper presents an explanatory model for the spatial differences in occurrence of spin-offs, based on the data from the CoC?s business register. A model is defined on the one hand to explain regional differences in spin-offs, which provides a basis for structural research on cluster formation and the role of spin-offs in this process. On the other hand, it shows the differences between individual based start-ups and company driven endeavours. It is argued that these two groups of new firms are essentially distinct, and therefore cannot be explained by one and the same model. Reference: Klepper, S.J. (2001). The evolution of the U.S. automobile industry and Detroit as its capital. Carnegy Mellon University, Pittsburg Keywords: Spin-offs, spatial variances

If you experience problems downloading a file, check if you have the proper application to view it first. In case of further problems read the IDEAS help page. Note that these files are not on the IDEAS site. Please be patient as the files may be large.

File URL:
Download Restriction: no

Paper provided by European Regional Science Association in its series ERSA conference papers with number ersa03p55.

in new window

Date of creation: Aug 2003
Handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa03p55
Contact details of provider: Postal:
Welthandelsplatz 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria

Web page:

No references listed on IDEAS
You can help add them by filling out this form.

This item is not listed on Wikipedia, on a reading list or among the top items on IDEAS.

When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:wiw:wiwrsa:ersa03p55. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Gunther Maier)

If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

If references are entirely missing, you can add them using this form.

If the full references list an item that is present in RePEc, but the system did not link to it, you can help with this form.

If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

This information is provided to you by IDEAS at the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis using RePEc data.