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dc.contributor.authorAudretsch, David B.en_US
dc.contributor.authorDohse, Dirken_US
dc.contributor.authorNiebuhr, Annekatrinen_US
dc.coverage.temporal1998-2005en_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-12-11T15:09:16Z-
dc.date.available2009-12-11T15:09:16Z-
dc.date.issued2008en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10419/28749-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper we investigate the determinants of entrepreneurial activity in a cross section of German regions for the period 1998-2005. Departing from the knowledge spillover theory of entrepreneurship, the focus of our analysis is on the role of the regional environment and, in particular, knowledge and cultural diversity. Our main hypothesis is that both, knowledge and diversity, have a positive impact on new firm formation. As the determinants of regional firm birth rates might differ considerably with respect to the necessary technology and knowledge input of new businesses, we consider start-ups at different technology levels. The regression results indicate that regions with a high level of knowledge provide more opportunities for entrepreneurship than other regions. Moreover, while sectoral diversity tends to dampen new firm foundation, cultural diversity has a positive and highly significant impact on technology oriented start-ups. This suggests that the diversity of people is more conducive to entrepreneurship than the diversity of firms. We conclude that regions characterized by a high level of knowledge and cultural diversity form an ideal breeding ground for technology oriented start-ups.-
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherLondon Centre for Economic Policy Researchen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCEPR Discussion Paper Series, Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London 6945en_US
dc.subject.jelM13-
dc.subject.jelO18-
dc.subject.jelR11-
dc.subject.ddc330en_US
dc.subject.stwWissenen_US
dc.subject.stwKultursektoren_US
dc.subject.stwWissenstransferen_US
dc.subject.stwUnternehmensgründungen_US
dc.subject.stwRegionale Entwicklungen_US
dc.subject.stwDeutschlanden_US
dc.titleCultural diversity and entrepreneurship: A regional analysis for Germanyen_US
dc.typeWorking Paperen_US
dc.identifier.ppn57878761Xen_US
dc.rightshttp://www.econstor.eu/dspace/Nutzungsbedingungen-
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