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The effect of broadband infrastructure on entrepreneurial activities: The case of Germany

  • Heger, Diana
  • Rinawi, Miriam
  • Veith, Tobias

This paper investigates whether the local infrastructure favours entrepreneurial activities. Besides the physical and knowledge infrastructure we take into account a county's broadband availability by building an index which accounts for county-related specificities. We find that broadband availability fosters entrepreneurial activities particularly in high-tech sectors for which efficient ways of knowledge transfer is crucial.

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Paper provided by ZEW - Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung / Center for European Economic Research in its series ZEW Discussion Papers with number 11-081.

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Date of creation: 2011
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