Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/32597
Authors: 
Schindele, Yvonne
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2010,015
Abstract: 
Since the beginning of the transformation of East Germany from a socialist planned economy to a market economy, there has been an ambitious political goal of fostering entrepreneurial activity in that part of the country. One of the most-hoped for results of this undertaking is the anticipated contribution of small and new firms to solving the economic, social, and political problems of East Germany, thereby narrowing the gap between East and West Germany. This paper uses panel data from 1992 to 2005 on 97 German regions to analyze recent convergence in self-employment rates. An astonishing catching-up process is observed for East German regions during the period under study. However, the general convergence between East and West Germany observed during the first years after reunification has not been maintained. In short, some East German regions have achieved convergence with West German self-employment rates and some have not.
Subjects: 
Entrepreneurship
regional convergence
self-employment
regional development
transition
Germany
JEL: 
L26
M13
O1
O18
O47
R11
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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