I am professor and former Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation, and Economic Change at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany, and a research professor at the Halle Institute for Economics (IWH). I am also Associate Editor of the academic journals “Regional Studies” and “Small Business Economics”.

Ich bin Professor für Volkswirtschaftslehre (Unternehmensentwicklung, Innovation und wirtschaftlichen Wandel) an der Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena sowie Forschungsprofessor am Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle (IWH). Weiterhin bin ich Associate Editor der Fachzeitschriften „Regional Studies“ und „Small Business Economics“ tätig.


Presentations and Workshops

September 28, 2018: My new book written together with Michael Wyrwich Regional Trajectories of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, and Growth―The Role of History and Culture has just been published by Springer. The book summarizes and extends our research conducted during the past years. For more information see: https://rd.springer.com/book/10.1007/978-3-319-97782-9

August 17, 2018: New video. Here is a new video on „Latest Thinking“ where I talk about main results of my research on the impact of start-ups on regional and national economic development. https://lt.org/publication/what-impact-do-start-ups-really-have-regional-or-national-economic-development

Recent publications:

Fritsch, Michael, Alina Sorgner, Michael Wyrwich and Evguenii Zazdravnykh: Historical Shocks and Persistence of Economic Activity: Evidence on Self-Employment from a Unique Natural Experiment. Regional Studies (forthcoming). https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2018.1492112

Obschonka, Martin, Michael Wyrwich, Michael Fritsch, Samuel D. Gosling, Peter J. Rentfrow, and Jeff Potter: Von unterkühlten Norddeutschen, gemütlichen Süddeutschen und aufgeschlossenen Großstädtern: Regionale Persönlichkeitsunterschiede in Deutschland. Psychologische Rundschau (forthcoming).

Konon, Alexander, Michael Fritsch, and Alexander Kritikos: Business Cycles and Start-ups across Industries: an Empirical Analysis for Germany. Journal of Business Venturing, 33 (2018), 742-761. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusvent.2018.04.006

Falck, Oliver, Michael Fritsch, Stephan Heblich and Anne Otto: Music in the Air: Estimating the Social Return to Cultural Amenities. Journal of Cultural Economics, 42, 365-391. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10824-017-9310-4

Fritsch, Michael, Martin Obschonka and Michael Wyrwich: Historical Roots of Entrepreneurial Culture and Innovation Activity´– An Analysis for German Regions. Jena Economic Research Papers #2018-007, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. http://pubdb.wiwi.uni-jena.de/pdf/wp_2018_007.pdf

Fritsch, Michael and Michael Wyrwich: Regional Knowledge, Entrepreneurial Culture and Innovative Start-ups over Time and Space―An Empirical Investigation. Small Business Economics, 51 (2018), 337-353. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-018-0016-6

Fritsch, Michael: Marktversagen und Wirtschaftspolitik – Mikroökonomische Grundlagen staatlichen Handelns. 10. überarbeitete und ergänzte Auflage, München: Vahlen.  https://doi.org/10.15358/9783800656448

Fritsch, Michael: The Regional Emergence of Innovative Start-ups: A Research Agenda. Jena Economic Research Papers # 2018-012, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. 2018-15. Fritsch Regional Emergence of Innovative Start-Ups WP version

Fritsch, Michael and Sandra Kublina: Related Variety, Unrelated Variety, and Regional Growth: The Role of Absorptive Capacity and Entrepreneurship. Regional Studies, 52 (2018), 1360-1371. https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2017.1388914

Fritsch, Michael and Sandra Kublina: Entrepreneurship, Growth, Regional Growth Regimes. In Joao Leitão, Helena Alves, Norris Krueger and Jacob Park (eds.): Entrepreneurial, Innovative and Sustainable Ecosystems – Best Practices and Implications for Quality of Life. Heidelberg 2018: Springer, 3-43. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71014-3_1

Fritsch, Michael, Martin Obschonka, Michael Wyrwich, Samuel D. Gosling, Peter J. Rentfrow, and Jeff Potter: Regionale Unterschiede der Verteilung von Personen mit unternehmerischem Persönlichkeitsprofil in Deutschland – Ein Überblick. Raumforschung und Raumordnung/Spatial Research and Planning, 76 (2018), 65-81. DOI: 10.1007/s13147-018-0519-2

Fritsch, Michael, Alina Sorgner and Michael Wyrwich: Entrepreneurship and Job Satisfaction: The Role of Age. Jena Economic Research Papers # 2018-012, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. 2018 F S & W Eship Job Satisfaction and Age JERP

Fritsch, Michael, Alina Sorgner and Michael Wyrwich: Self-Employment and Well-Being across Institutional Contexts. Jena Economic Research Papers # 2018-005, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. 2018 F S & W Eship and well-being JERP

Fritsch, Michael, and Moritz Zoellner: Actor Fluidity and Knowledge Persistence in Regional Inventor Networks. Jena Economic Research Papers # 2018-005, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. # 2018-16 2018 Fritsch & Zöllner Knowledge Peristence 2018-016

Sorgner, Alina and Michael Fritsch: Entrepreneurial Career Paths: Occupational Context and the Propensity to Become Self-Employed. Small Business Economics, 51 (2018), 129-152. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-017-9917-z