Fritsch, Michael Obschonka, Martin Wyrwich, Michael
Year of Publication:
Jena Economic Research Papers 2018-007
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 psychological measure for entrepreneurial attitudes (entrepreneurial culture). The results reveal a positive relationship between the historical level of selfemployment 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.
entrepreneurship self-employment new business formation personality traits culture innovation