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

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

June 2, 2018: New book „Regional Trajectories of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, and Growth―The Role of History and Culture. Whew! Michael Wyrwich and I have just submitted the manuscript of our new book „Regional Trajectories of Entrepreneurship, Knowledge, and Growth―The Role of History and Culture“ to Springer publishers. The book summarizes and extends our research conducted during the past years. … read more about the book

June 1, 2018: Special Sessions on „Formal and Informal Institutions in Regional Entrepreneurial Processes“: I am organizing (together with Marcus Dejardin and Michael Wyrwich) Special Sessions on „Formal and Informal Institutions in Regional Entrepreneurial Processes“ at the 58th ERSA Congress in Cork, Ireland, August 28-31, 2018. See: https://az659834.vo.msecnd.net/eventsairwesteuprod/production-ersa-public/9654e80c339b4e938a9e31bf5e94ce9a

Recent publications:

Falck, Oliver, Michael Fritsch and Stephan Heblich: Was trägt etablierte Hochkultur zur Regionalentwicklung bei? Die wirtschaftliche Bedeutung von Opernhäusern. In Karl-Heinz Reuband (Hrsg.): Oper, Publikum und Gesellschaft. Wiesbaden 2018: Springer VS., 3-18. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-12926-2_1

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, 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

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

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/10.1080/00343404.2017.1388914Fritsch, 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, Mirko Titze and Matthias Piontek: Knowledge Interactions in Regional Innovation Networks: Comparing Data Sources. Jena Economic Research Papers # 2018-003, Friedrich Schiller University Jena. http://zs.thulb.uni-jena.de/servlets/MCRFileNodeServlet/jportal_derivate_00262477/wp_2018_003.pdf

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

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

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).

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