The Persistence of Regional Entrepreneurship

  • Michael Fritsch
  • Michael Wyrwich
Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 40)


We investigate the persistent levels of self-employment and new business formation in different time periods and under different framework conditions. The analysis shows that regional differences regarding the level of self-employment and new business formation tend to be persistent for periods of more than 100 years, despite abrupt and drastic changes in the political and economic environment. This pronounced persistence demonstrates the existence of a regional entrepreneurship culture that tends to be long lasting.


Entrepreneurship Self-employment New business formation Persistence Culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Fritsch
    • 1
  • Michael Wyrwich
    • 2
  1. 1.Friedrich Schiller University JenaJenaGermany
  2. 2.University of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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