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Historical Roots of Entrepreneurial Culture and Innovation Activity?An Analysis for German Regions

Michael Fritsch (), Martin Obschonka and Michael Wyrwich ()

No 1824, Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) from Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography

Abstract: There is a research gap with respect to understanding the role of entrepreneurial culture and tradition for actual start-up behaviour. We combine historical self-employment data (entrepreneurial tradition) with a psycho- logical measure for entrepreneurial attitudes (entrepreneurial culture). The results reveal a positive relationship between the historical level of self- employment in a region and the presence of people with an entrepreneurial personality structure today. Our measure for a regional culture of entrepreneurship is positively related not only to the level of new business formation but also the amount of innovation activity.

Keywords: Entrepreneurship; self-employment; new business formation; personality traits; culture; innovation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L26 N94 O11 O30 R11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-ino, nep-knm and nep-tid
Date: 2018-06, Revised 2018-06
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