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Mod-Block DDR

The legacy of the GDR innovation system
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The project investigates regional disparities of innovation and entrepreneurial activities within Germany. A special focus is on the legacy of 40 years of socialist regime, the German Democratic Republic, in East German regions. We collect and analyze data on innovation and entrepreneurship at a regional level from the time before World War II, the socialist period, and from more recent decades.

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News
30 October 2019
On 22 November 2019, Michael Fritsch, Michael Wyrwich and Maria Kristalova will participate at the Long Night of the Science, organized by the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. They will present results of the project "MOD-Block DDR" to the general public. See here. All guests are welcome to visit!
30 October 2019
Michael Wyrwich will give a keynote talk at the 4th CEnSE Urban and Regional Economics Workshop, November 14-15, 2019 in Gothenburg (Sweden).
30 October 2019
Michael Fritsch is co-organizer of a workshop in Rzeszow, Poland, on "Entrepreneurship in a regional perspective. Function of institutions, innovation, history and LGUs support". The workshop will take place on November 7/8, 2019. Michael Fritsch will present the paper "One Transition Story does not fit them all: The tale of long-term trajectories in two distinct East German transition regions" (with Michael Wyrwich).
30 October 2019
Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich will present their results on "Regional concentration of innovation activities - Empirical evidence and potential explanations" at the workshop "Making sense of dicverse spatialities of innovation" on November 25, 2019 at the Leibniz-Institute for Regional Geography (IfL), Leipzig, Germany.
15 October 2019
An article co-authored by Michael Wyrwich was chosen for the Article Selection in Celebration of 50 Years of European Economic Review as one of the most cited articles between 2015-2019.

The titel of the paper is "Industry structure, entrepreneurship, and culture: An empirical analysis using historical coalfields" (with Michael Stuetzer, Martin Obschonka, David B. Audretsch, P. J. Rentfrow, L. Shaw-Taylor, M. Coombes and M. Satchell), European Economic Review, 2016, Vol. 86, 52-72.
20 September 2019
Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich achived high ranks in the recently released output ranking economists working or born in the German speaking countries Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (www.forschungsmonitoring.org). Michael Fritsch was on position 30 (top 5%) in the lifetime ranking according to the Source Normalized Impact Factor (SNIP). Michael Wyrwich was in the top 5% young economist ranking (U40-years).
16 September 2019
A new publication by Michael Fritsch, Alina Sorgner and Michael Wyrwich "Types of institutions an well-being of self-employed and paid employees in Europe" came out in Small Business Economics.
4 September 2019
New publication: Jutta Günther, Maria Kristalova and Udo Ludwig "The R&D sector under conditions of an economic crises - experiences from European Eocnomies", in Journal of Ecolutionary Economics.
27-30 August 2019
Michael Fritsch, Maria Kristalova and Michael Wyrwich participated at the 59th ERSA Congress in Lyon, France and presented results of their research. Moreover, Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich organized Special Sessions on "Historical roots of regional performance" and on "Regional Entrepreneurship Policy".
29 August 2019
A new publication by Michael Wyrwich "Migration restrictions and long-term regional development: Evidence from large-scale explusions of Germans after World War II", in Journal of Economic Geography.

This article is also featured as key research paper in the field of economic history.
9 August 2019
A new publication by Michael Fritsch, Mirko Titze and Matthias Piontek "Identifying cooperation for innovation - a comparison of data sources" came out in Industry and Innovation.
5 August 2019
A new publication by Michael Fritsch, Muhamed Kudic and Andreas Pyka "Evolution and co-evolution of regional innovation processes" appeared in Regional Studies.
5 August 2019
New pubilication by Uwe Cantner, Eve Dettmann, Alexander Giebler, Jutta Guenther and Maria Kristalova "The impact of innovation and innovation subsidies on economic development in German regions", in Regional Studies.
23 July 2019
A new publication by Michael Fritsch, Alina Sorgner and Michael Wyrwich "Self-employment and well-being across institutional contexts" appeared online in the Journal of Business Venturing.
19 July 2019
New publication by Martin Obschonka, Michael Wyrwich, Michael Fritsch, Samuel Gosling, Peter Rentfrow and Jeff Potter "Von unterkühlten Norddeutschen, gemütlichen Süddeutschen und aufgeschlossenen Großstädtern: Regionale Persönlichkeitsunterschiede in Deutschland", in Psychologische Rundschau.
1 June 2019
A new publication by Michael Wyrwich "New KIBS on the bloc: The role of local manufacturing for start-up activity in knowledge-intensive business services", in Regional Studies.
8 April 2019
A new publication by Michael Frtsch, Martin Obschonka and Michael Wyrwich "Historical roots of entrepreneurship-facilitating culture and innovation activity: an analysis for German regions" just appeared in Regional Studies. 
27 March 2019
New publication by Maximilian Goethner and Michael Wyrwich "Cross-faculty proximity and academic entrepreneurship: the role of business schools", in Journal of Technology Transfer. 
26 March 2019
A new publication by Michael Fritsch and Sandra Kublina "Persistence and change of regional new business formation in the national league table" appeared in Journal of Ecolutionary Economics.
7 March 2019
Michael Frisch gave a keynote talk entitled "Regional Trajectories of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, and Growth" at the UITM Rzeszow in Poland.
13 February 2019
The publication by Michael Wyrwich "Historical and current spatial differences in female labour force participation: Evidence from Germany." appeared in a regular issue of Papers in Regional Science.
6 February 2019
Michael Fritsch gave a keynote talk entitled "Regional Trajectories of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, and Growth" at the ACERE-Conference in Sydney, Australia.
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