MODBlock Team

Mod-Block DDR

The legacy of the GDR innovation system
MODBlock Team
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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 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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Information

An overview of innovation characteristics in East and West Germany (in German) can be downloaded here [pdf, 1 mb] de.

Printer-friendly version (in German). [pdf, 1020 kb] de

News

22 November 2022
This year Prof. Michael Fritsch is again listed among the top 2% highly cited academic authors worldwide. See https://elsevier.digitalcommonsdata.com/datasets/btchxktzyw/5

11 October 2022
A new paper by Maria Greve, Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich entitled “Long-Term Decline of Regions and the Rise of Populism: The Case of Germany” has been published online in the Journal of Regional Science. In this paper, we analyze the recent rise of populism in Germany and suggest that high vote shares of populist parties are associated with the long-term decline of a region's relative welfare, which goes beyond a lifespan of people inhabiting such “left behind” places. Moreover, we are able to show that a place-based collective memory about past prosperity plays a crucial role in shaping present resentment. Finally, we find a stronger activation of collective memory about the past that translates into support of populism today among less educated people.

02 October 2022
A news report published on the IT-platform Golem regarding the start-up activities in East Germany refers to the research by Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich. A full text (in German) can be found here: https://www.golem.de/news/start-ups-der-osten-erfindet-sich-neu-2210-166923.html

26 September 2022
A new paper describing the unique GDR patent database, authored by Ann Hipp, Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve, Jutta Günther, Marcel Lange, Christian Liutik, Beate Pfeifer, Mariia Shkolnykova and Michael Wyrwich, entitled “Comprehensive Patent Data of the German Democratic Republic 1949-1990” was accepted for publication in the Journal of Economics and Statistics. A respective working paper can be found here.

14 September 2022
Maria Greve gave a talk entitled "Shades of a Socialist Legacy? Innovation Activity in East and West Germany 1877-2014" during the 2022 Annual Conference of the German Association (Verein für Socialpolitik) that took place on September 11 - 14 in Basel, Switzerland.

13 September 2022
Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich prepared a Policy Brief based on the paper "The Long-run Effects of Communism and Transition to a Market System on Self-Employment: The Case of Germany," which appeared recently in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. The Policy Brief (in German) can be found here: https://www.ifm-bonn.org/publikationen/policy-brief-unternehmertum-im-fokus/detailansicht/langfristige-auswirkungen-von-sozialismus-und-transformation-auf-die-selbststaendigkeit-in-ostdeutschland-1

Related to the Policy Brief, Michael Wyrwich gave an interview to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (F.A.Z.) on the late consequences of socialism and explained not only why there are more self-employed in East Germany despite 40 years of socialism and anti-entrepreneurial policies in the GDR, but also what are the structural differences in self-employment of both German parts persisting until today. The full text of the interview (in German) can be found here: https://zeitung.faz.net/faz/unternehmen/2022-09-13/eine-spaetfolge-des-sozialismus/803337.html?GEPC=s1

26 August 2022
Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich organized two special sessions at the ERSA congress that took place on August 23-26 in Pecs, Hungary. One special session was co-organized with Korneliusz Pylak and dealt with "Historical Roots of Regional Entrepreneurship and Innovation" and the other was co-organized with Marcus Dejardin and was devoted to "Aligning entrepreneurship, sustainability and regional policy". Maria Greve gave a talk on "Shades of Socialist Legacy? Innovation Activity in East and West Germany 1921-20142.

6 July 2022
A new paper by Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyfrwich entitled "Initial conditions and regional performance in the aftermath of disruptive shocks" is now published online by Industrial and Corporate Change. Taking the example of East Germany after socialism we find that entrepreneurship and knowledge are key regional resources for mastering the turbulent transition to a market economy.

22 July 2022
A new paper by Alina Sorgner and Michael Wyrwich entitled “Calling Baumol: what telephones can tell us about the allocation of entrepreneurial talent in the face of radical institutional changes” has been published in the Journal of Business Venturing. We analyze start-up activity during drastic institutional change and find that many individuals who demonstrated commitment to the anti-entrepreneurial communist regime in the GDR were active in launching new ventures soon after German re-unification. This paradox can be understood through the lens of Baumol's and Kirzner's theories.

8 July 2022
Michael Wyrwich has prepared a new version of the Entrepreneurship Compendium (Gründungs- und Selbstständigenatlas) that is freely available here. The Entrepreneurship Compendium contains data on yearly startup rate in German districts (Kreise) from 1976-2020 (West Germany) and 1993-2020 (East Germany) as well as self-employment rates for the period 1996-2019. Data distinguishes between three broad economic sectors (manufacturing, construction and services).

6 July 2022
Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich (together with Korneliusz Pylak) organize a special session at the GEOINNO congress that took place on July 4-6 in Milan (https://ersa.eventsair.com/ersa2022/). In the special session devoted to the Historical Roots of Regional Innovation, we presented own research entitled „Shades of a Socialist Legacy? Innovation Activity in East and West Germany 1921-2014“.

22 June 2022
Michael Wyrwich was invited to present his research to the research seminar at the University of Hohenheim. He gave a presentation entitled "Shades of a Socialist Legacy? Innovation Activity in East and West Germany 1925-2014".

14 June 2022
In a joint effort, we have prepared the patents of the former East German State, the German Democratic Republic (GDR), and made it available for public use at the GESIS. See Hipp, Ann, Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve, Jutta Günther, Marcel Lange, Christian Liutik, Beate Pfeifer, Mariia Shkolnykova and Michael Wyrwich (2022). Patentdaten der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik (DDR) (1949-1990). GESIS, Köln. Datenfile Version 1.0.0, https://doi.org/10.7802/2423.

18 May 2022
A new paper by Petrik Runst and Michael Wyrwich entitled “Poor soil as a fertile breeding ground: the role of historical agricultural specialization for the persistence of regional differences in crafts” has been published in the Annals of Regional Science. We examine the regional persistence of the crafts sector over a period of more than 100 years and by utilizing data from Germany, we demonstrate a strong persistence of regional differences in the concentration of crafts people in rural areas and no persistence in urban areas.

9 May 2022
Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich participated in the first meeting of the DFG network "The dynaics of innovation systems: Perspectives, Influences and Operationalization" that took place in Bremen. Michael Wyrwich gave a keynote talk entitled "Innovation activities in selected OECD countries: Is Innovation (increasingly) concentrated in Large Cities?". Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich gave another keynote talk entitled "Shades of a Socialist Legacy? Innovation Activity in East and West Germany 1925-2014".

8 May 2022
A new paper „The Long-Run Effects of Communism and Transition to a Market System on Self-Employment: The Case of Germany“, authored by Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich has been published in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice. We investigate how self-employment in East Germany was impacted by 40 years of Soviet-style communism and the subsequent shock transition to a market economic system. Our results show that the strict anti-entrepreneurial policies prevalent during the Soviet regime do not have a long-run negative effect on self-employment in East Germany. Quite to the contrary, self-employment in East Germany today is higher than before German separation. Our analysis suggests that current differences in self-employment between East and West Germany are pre-dominantly a result of the sudden shock transformation that occurred with reunification, rather than the outcome of four decades of anti-entrepreneurial policies and ideology.

27 April 2022
Michael Fritsch gave an interview on the reduction of value added tax on basic food products. See his arguments (in German) here.

13 April 2022
Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich prepared a contribution entitled “The Long-Term Consequences of Socialism and German Unification for Innovation Activities in East Germany” (“Die langfristigen Folgen des Sozialismus und der deutschen Vereinigung für Innovationsaktivitäten in Ostdeutschland”). This contribution is a part of the dossier “Long paths of German unity” published by Federal Agency for Civic Education. We describe the development of innovation activities in East Germany since reunification in 1990. In particular, we address the question of the extent to which the low innovation performance in East Germany, which persisted for more than three decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, is a longer-term consequence of the GDR's socialist planned economy or the transformation process. The full text (in German) can be found here.

24 March 2022
A new paper entitled Micro dynamics and macro stability in inventor networks, published by Michael Fritsch and Muhamed Kudic in the Journal of Technology Transfer. Based on co-patenting data of the entire population of West German inventors in the field of laser technology, we analyze the development of their network from the onset of the technology in the early 1960 over a period of 45 years. A main focus is on the highly dynamic processes at the micro-level of inventors and their ties that seem to be inconsistent with the remarkable stable structures at the macro level.

19 Feruary 2022
A new paper by Michael Wyrwich entitled “Historical episodes and their legacies across space: A famous case revisited” is published in the Journal of Regional Science. In contrast to the conventional wisdom in academia, policy, and the public, the current paper shows that the higher share of working women in East German regions is not due to a legacy of socialism. Female labor force participation was already remarkably higher in the East before the introduction of socialism. An important lesson is that any attempt to explain spatial variation in individual decision-making by persisting legacies of certain historical episodes requires a careful assessment of regional conditions predating these episodes.

29 December 2021
In a new paper entitled “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Entrepreneurship in Germany” published in Foresight and STI Governance, Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich provide a mid-term evaluation of the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on entrepreneurship in Germany. We find that the overall level of business registrations slightly decreased during the first year of the pandemic, but that the effect is specific to certain industries. Innovative manufacturing industries and technology-oriented services experienced an increase in numbers of start-ups.

06 December 2021
Maria Greve was invited to give a talk on the "Long-Term Decline of Regions and the Rise of Populism: The Case of Germany" during a digital workshop "Varieties of Populism in East and West", jointly organized by the Higher School of Economics in Russia and the Free University of Berlin. 

01 December 2021
The 3rd, revised edition of the textbook "Entrepreneurship - Theory, Empiricism, Policy" („Entrepreneurship – Theorie, Empirie, Politik“), authored by Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich, was published by Springer-Gabler. The graphics included in the book are available for download in PPT format here.

16 November 2021
Michael Wyrwich was invited to present his reasearch to the research seminar of the Faculty of Economics at the Universite de Namur, Belgium. He gavee a lecture on the causes of regional differences in start-up activities in East Germany.

04 November 2021 
A new publication entitled “Is open innovation imprinted on new ventures? The cooperation-inhibiting legacy of authoritarian regimes” and authored by Michael Wyrwich, Philip J. Steinberg, Florian Noseleit, Pedro de Faris has been just published online in Research Policy. We use a unique database that includes East and West German founders to identify regional differences in activities conducted by authoritarian regimes that could inhibit trust. We find that founders who were exposed to high levels of secret police surveillance in the former socialist German Democratic Republic (GDR) are less likely to engage in interfirm R&D cooperation.

03 Novbember 2021
Michael Wyrwich was incited to participate in the research seminar of the Deparment of Human Geography and Spatial Planning at the Utrecht University. He gave a lecture on innovation activities in East and West Germany as well as in other OECD countries.

30 September 2021
Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich were invited as kexnote speakers at the 26th APDR Workshop - Civic Universities, Ecosystems, and Regional Development in Low-Industrial-Density Regions organized by the University of Beira Interior, Covilhã, Portugal. They gave a presentation on innovation activities in East and West Germany as wess as in other OECD countries.

27 August 2021
Michael Wyrwich was invited to participate in a workshop for South Korean officials organized by the Free University of Berlin. He gave a lecture and personal interviews on entrepreneurship and innovation in East German after reunification.

10 August 2021 
A new paper entitled „One transition story does not fit them all: initial regional conditions and new business formation after communism“ is published by Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich in the Post-Communist Economies. We investigate the reasons for the pronounced regional differences of new business formation after the transformation from a centrally planned system to a market economy in East Germany and find that a relatively high start-up rates after the transition can be observed in regions that had a well-qualified workforce and a relatively high share of self-employment left over at the end of the communist period.

24 July 2021
A new paper by Michael Fritsch, Korneliusz Pylak and Michael Wyrwich entitled “Historical roots of entrepreneurship in different regional contexts—the case of Poland” was published in Small Business Economics. By exploiting different types of historical self-employment in regions of Poland, a country that experienced different types of disruptive developments, we do not find a persistent effect of the general level of historical private sector self-employment. There is, however, a pronounced positive relationship between high regional levels of knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship in the 1920s and current start-up activity in general, even in areas where large parts of the local population were displaced after World War II. We therefore conclude that the historical regional knowledge stock, as reflected by knowledge-intensive entrepreneurship, can be an important and stable historical root of modern entrepreneurship despite disruptive historical shocks and population discontinuities.

25 June 2021
A new book entitled "The Geography of Entrepreneurial Psychology" ist published by Martin Obschonka, Michael Fritsch and Michael Stuetzer. Highlighting recent empirical advances in mapping and analyzing regional differences in macro-psychological factors associated with entrepreneurship, considering their significance to cintemporary entrepreneurial and geographical psychology.

14 June 2021
What characterizes the development of the East German start-up landscape since the end of the GDR? What role do regional conditions play in this? Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich provide answers to these questions in their contribution "Entrepreneurship and Knowledge as Drivers of Regional Development in East Germany" for the Policy Brief series "Entrepreneurship in Focus". The main result can be summarized as follows: East German regions in which private enterprise already existed at the time of reunification and the employees had a high level of qualification coped better with the abrupt transition to a market economy compared to regions without these conditions. Issue 4/21 of the IfM Bonn/FGF Policy Brief Entrepreneurship in focus entitled "Entrepreneurship and Knowledge as Drivers of Regional Development in East Germany" can be downloaded here:

Policy Brief "Unternehmertum im Fokus" (vormals "Mittelstand aktuell")

09 June 2021
A new paper by Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich entitled "Does Successful Innovation Require Large Urban Areas? Germany as a Counterexample" is published in Economic Geography. Taking the example of Germany we show the effect of history, institutions and the gernal settlement structure on the regional distribution and the success of innovation activities. We conclude that institutional factors should play a more prominent role in theories that aim at explaining the spatial distribution of innovation activities.

05 May 2021
Michael Wyrwich is invited to the WM/City-REDI External Seminar Series at the University of Birmingham to give a lecture on the role of universities for regional entrepreneurship in German regions.

02 May 2021
A new paper entitled "Is innovation (increasingly) concentrated in large cities? An international comparson" published online in Research Policy by Michael Wyrwich and Michael Fritsch. We investigate the geographic concentration of patented inventions in 14 developed countries and find that the most countries, except the US, South Korea and Japan, patenting is geographically dispersed with considerable popular theories overemphasize the importance of large cities for innovation activities.

30 April 2021
Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich are invited for the REAL-University of Illinois & PPGE-PUCRS Research Seminar Series to give a lecture on innovation activities in East and West Germany and in other OECD countries and their causes.

29 April 2021
Michael Fritsch, Maria Greve and Michael Wyrwich were invited to give a keynote talk during the "Creative Spark-Workshop" on "Thr long-run Effects of Socialism and Transition to a Market System on Entrepreneurship - The Case of Germany".

18 March 2021
Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich (together with Korneliusz Pylak, University of Lublin) presented their work on historical roots of regional entrepreneurship in Poland at the workshop series "The Evolution, Persistence and Success of Entrepreneurial Ecosystems" organized by the University of Cardiff. You can find a recording of the talk here:

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-heuJIFoIF6LGdyocEO0a-z0u8Ee19Oy

02 February 2021

Michael Wyrwich is invited to the WM/City-REDI External Seminar Series at the University of Birmingham where on May 5 he will present latest research on the role of universities for stimulating regional entrepreneurship.

15 January 2021

Maria Kristalova (Principal Investigator) and Michael Wyrwich (Co-Applicant) obtained a grant for their proposal “Digitalization of historical patents: new avenues for innovation research” based on the Data Science Call 2020 (350 hours support by data scientist + additional costs) issued by the University of Groningen. The project aims at digitizing German patent data for the period 1877 and 1945 and complements on-going innovation research within the Mod-Block-DDR project. The project duration is 2 years. The digitized data will be used to answer various research questions related to the historical evolution of technology and persistence of regional differences of innovative activities.

10 January 2021

Michael Fritsch, Maria Kristalova, Michael Wyrwich, and further international colleagues co-organize two special sessions on “Historical Roots of Regional Entrepreneurship and Innovation” and “Linking entrepreneurship and regional policy”  at this year’s ERSA congress “Territorial Futures – Visions and scenarios for a resilient Europe” (Bolzano, Italy, https://ersa.org/events/60th-ersa-congress-2/.) The All interested participants are cordially invited to submit their abstracts for both special sessions until March 9 (https://ersa.eventsair.com/60th-ersa-congress-bolzano-italy/).

10 January 2021

New Paper entitled “One Transition Story Does Not Fit Them All: Initial regional conditions and new business formation after communism” by Michael Fritsch, Maria Kristalova and Michael Wyrwich was accepted for publication in the journal “Post-Communist Economies”. We find that the re-emergence of entrepreneurship after the transition was heavily affected by the regional stock of knowledge and the prevalence of a historically grown entrepreneurial culture that is pre-socialist in origin.

04 January 2021

From January 12 until January 21, 2021, Michael Wyrwich and Maria Kristalova give a joint lecture on “Regional Development” for master and PhD students. The lecture also comprises special sessions about the role of entrepreneurship and innovation in East Germany. Students are familiarized with latest results from own on-going research in the Mod-Block-DDR project.

25 November 2020
In the Webinar on "Entrepreneurship and Regional Growth in the Long Run" that took place on November 25, 2020, Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich discussed their recent research on the long-run dynamics of regional entrepreneurship. Maryann Feldman and David Audretsch were the discussants.
25 November 2020
Here is a screenshot of the Webinar on “Entrepreneurship and Regional Growth in the Long Run” on November 25, 2020, where Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich discussed their recent research on the long-run dynamics of regional entrepreneurship. Maryann Feldman and David Audretsch were the discussants.
24 November 2020

As of December 1, Michael Wyrwich joins the Passpartool project, which is financed by the Interreg-initiative of the European Union. The overall project objective is to improve the capability of public policy makers to develop efficient policies supporting non-formal, soft, and open innovation processes in the regional actors, with a focus on non-R&D -driven and social innovation. There is also a video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD_eGpEYNEI) presenting the project. The practice-oriented project represents also the opportunity to complement and transfer research from the Mod-Block project.

17 November 2020
Michael Wyrwich gave a keynote speech on "Reconstructing the East - Challenges for the Future" at the conference "The Treundhandanstalt-Pragmatism, Success Concept, or Sellout?" and took part in the subsequent panel discussion. The focus was on the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation for the development of East German regions. The event was broadcast in livestream and on television (Alex TV) for the interested public. Further information about the event (in German) can be found here.
7 November 2020
At the workshop Deutschlandbilder-Regional Stereotypes in Germany, Michael Wyrwich spoke about the influence of German division and the experience of socialism on regional differences in personality structures and how such structures are related to start-up and innovation activities. The workshop is part of a continuing education program for teachers of German in countries of the former Soviet Union. The workshop was organized by the Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland e.V. (LmDR). Participants came from Georgia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. The slides of Michael Wyrwich's presentation can be found here [pdf, 2 mb].
1 November 2020
Prof. Michael Fritsch will present recent research on Entrepreneurship and Regional Growth in the Long Run in a Webinar on November 25, 2020, 14:00 CET. Maryann Feldman is acting as chair and David Audretsch will be the discussant. You can register at: https://www.regionalstudies.org/events/regions-cities-industry-series/#!
27 October 2020
In a new paper "Initial Conditions and Regional Performance in the Aftermath of Disruptive Shocks: The Case of East Germany after Socialism", Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich confirm that entrepreneurship and knowledge are the key drivers of regional growth, particularly in turbulent times.
5 October 2020
Das BMBF geförderte Projekt "Modernisierungsblockaden in Wirtschaft und Wissenschaft der DDR: Entstehung und Folgen im innerdeutschen Vergleich und im Vergleich mit Nachbarländern in Ostmitteleuropa (MOD-Block)" sucht eine studentische/wissenschaftliche Hilfskraft (w/m) für 10 Stunden monatlich. Weitere Informationen finden Sie hier [pdf, 204 kb] [pdf, 204 kb].
1 October 2020
Michael Fritsch, Maria Kristalova and Michael Wyrwich were presenting their recent research as well as organizing and chairing sessions at the Web Conferences of the European Regional Science Association (ERSA) and at the first virtual meeting of the German Economic Association (Verein für Sociapolitik).
2 September 2020
Over summer Michael Wyrwich met with several officials from different South Korean ministries. In one of the meetings in June Michael Wyrwich was interviewed about the role of entrepreneurship and innovation during the East German transformation process. The interview also touched on several other issues related to the reunification process, such as the integration and conversion of the military industry, the implementation of drug regulations and drug policy, and the potential of the tourism sector to promote development in the North Korean regions in the event of reunification. In the following meetings with delegations from South Korea which took place in June-September Michael Wyrwich discussed various issues of German unification.
31 August 2020
Starting as of September 1, 2020, Maria Kristalova is part-time employed (25%) as Assistant Professor in the department for "Innovation management & Strategy — Management" of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. She will teach some courses within the Master program "Small Business and Entrepreneurship".
30 August 2020
In a new paper Michael Fritsch, Maria Kristalova and Michael Wyrwich investigate the effect of initial conditions at the end of the socialist period in East Germany for new business formation after German unification. The authors find a very important role of the levels of remaining self-employment and the share of employees with a university degree in the year 1989 for start-ups in genera as well as for new businesses in innovative manufacturing industries. Adequate policies should account for there initial conditions. We introduce a classification of East German regions with regard to the initial levels of self-employment and qualification of the workforce. See.
24 June 2020
Michael Fritsch gave a presentation "Lessons from German reunification for US policymakers in addressing regional imbalances" at the virtual "2020 Summer Residence Week for Entrepreneurship Scholars Oxford".
17 June 2020
Michael Wyrwich gave an online lecture about the privatization of socialist enterprises and the role of entrepreneurship in the economic transformation process in East Germany and potential implications for Korea. The lecture was addressed to South Korean public officials and took place within the framework of a further education program organized by the Institute of Korea Studies at Free University of Berlin and the government of South Korea. The slides of the presentation can be found here [pdf, 766 kb] de.
16 June 2020
Michael Fritsch published an essay in the issue "United after three decades?" of the Landeszentrale für politische Bildung Baden-Württemberg. In his article "Economically united? Economic differences between East and West Germany thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall" he gives an overview of the reasons for the development gap between East and West Germany since the Second World War. The booklet (available only in Germany) can be downloaded free of charge here.
27 May 2020
Michael Fritsch was an invited speaker in the online forum on "Entrepreneurial Recovery from COVID-19" which was organized by the Kauffman Foundation, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum. Michael Fritsch gave a talk entitled "The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on Entrepreneurship and Small Businesses".
14 January 2020
Michael Wyrwich gave a TV interview on regional differences of innovation activity in East and West Germany. For details in German please visit, the main MOD-Block homepage.

There is also an English version published in the blog series of the VINCI expertisecentrum of the University of Groningen. The blog highlights implications of our project research beyond the German context. See here.
12 November 2019
The paper "The effect of entrepreneurship on economic development - an empirical analysis using regional entrepreneurship culture" by Michael Fritsch and Michael Wyrwich is part of a collection of highly cited articles showcasing impressive body of research from the Journal of Economic Geography. The article is free to read until the end of December 2019.
11 November 2019
The article "Historical and Institutional Determinants of Universities' Role in Fostering Entrepreneurship" by Maria Kristalova and Michael Wyrwich (joint with Alexander Chepurenko from the Higher School of Economics Moscow) was accepted for publication at Foresight and STI Governance.
6 November 2019
Michael Wyrwich was appointed as new editor at "Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal".
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 diverse 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 title 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 achieved 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 and 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 Economies", in Journal of Evolutionary 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 expulsions 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 publication 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 Evolutionary 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.