Prof. Dr. Michael Fritsch

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Room 5.12
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Michael Fritsch has received his degrees in economics (Diplom Volkswirt, Ph.D., Habilitation) from the Technical University of Berlin. From 1992-2006, he was a Professor of Economics and Chair of Economic Policy at the Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg. Since 2006, he is a Professor of Economics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena and Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change.

Further positions

  • Research Professor at the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung (German Institute for Economic Research), Berlin.
  • Research Professor at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH).
  • Associate Editor of Regional Studies.
  • Associate Editor of Small Business Economics - An Entrepreneurship Journal.

Main fields of research

  • New business formation processes and their impact on economic development
  • Innovation systems and innovation behavior
  • Economic development strategies
  • Markets and market failure

“The main objective of my research is a better understanding of the effects that market dynamics and innovation processes have on economic welfare and to discover how policy can be designed to stimulate growth. My current research in the field of entrepreneurship is focused on the development of self-employment over time, entrepreneurial careers, and the effects of new businesses on economic development, with a special focus on innovative start-ups. My research in the field of innovation is centered on the development of new technologies and the division of innovative labor among different actors within the innovation system. Most of the empirical analyses are carried out at the regional level since I find that region-specific factors often play a very significant role. Since some of these regional effects tend to be rather persistent, I am also interested in the determinants and the effects of such long-term influences, which could be viewed as regional ‘cultures.’

Generally, I am very interested in how markets operate, how and why they fail, and policy options for safeguarding their satisfactory performance."





Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
Wirtschaftswissenschaftliche Fakultät

Lehrstuhl für Unternehmens-
entwicklung, Innovation und
wirtschaftlichen Wandel
Carl-Zeiss-Straße 3
D-07743 Jena



Anja Ladig
Room 5.11

Phone: +49 (0)3641 9-43 230
Fax: +49 (0)3641 9-43 232