Journal of Evolutionary Economics

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 187–210 | Cite as

Entrepreneurial culture, regional innovativeness and economic growth

  • Sjoerd BeugelsdijkEmail author
Regular Article


In this paper, we empirically study the relationship between entrepreneurial culture and economic growth. Based on a micro based comparison of entrepreneurs and non-entrepreneurs, we develop a measure reflecting entrepreneurial attitude at the regional level. We subsequently relate this newly developed variable, ‘entrepreneurial culture,’ to innovativeness and economic growth in 54 European regions. Extensive robustness analysis suggests that differences in economic growth in Europe can be explained by differences in entrepreneurial culture, albeit mostly in an indirect way.


Entrepreneurial culture Innovation Regional growth 

JEL Classification

M13 O31 R11 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nijmegen School of ManagementNijmegenThe Netherlands

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