Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/174368
Authors: 
Slavtchev, Viktor
Wyrwich, Michael
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
Jena Economic Research Papers 2017-007
Abstract: 
Can TV influence the entrepreneurial decisions of individuals? To identify causal effects, we utilize a quasi-natural experiment, namely that during the division of Germany after WWI into the capitalistic West Germany and the socialistic East Germany, West TV was exogenously available only in some regions of the latter. Using regional and individual data, we show that, after the Reunification, entrepreneurship is higher among the residents of East German regions with West TV signal, indicating a direct effect of TV on the entrepreneurial mindset of exposed individuals. Moreover, we find second-order effects due to intergenerational transmission, which cause persistent differences.
Subjects: 
entrepreneurship
TV
culture
occupational choice
institutions
JEL: 
L26
J24
M13
P20
P30
O30
D02
D03
Z10
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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