Entrepreneurship and Creative Professions – A Micro-Level Analysis

34 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2013

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Michael Fritsch

University of Jena - School of Economics and Business Administration

Alina Sorgner

University of Jena

Date Written: February 1, 2013

Abstract

It has widely been recognized that creativity plays an immense role not only for arts, sciences, and technology, but also for entrepreneurship, innovation, and thus, economic growth. We analyze the level and the determinants of self-employment in creative professions at the level of individuals. The analysis is based on the representative micro data of the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP). The findings suggest that people in creative professions appear more likely to be self-employed and that a high regional share of people in the creative class increases an individual’s likelihood of being an entrepreneur. Investigating the determinants of entrepreneurship within the creative class as compared to non-creative professions reveals only some few differences.

Keywords: entrepreneurship, new business formation, creativity, creative class

JEL Classification: L26, Z1, D03

Suggested Citation

Fritsch, Michael and Sorgner, Alina, Entrepreneurship and Creative Professions – A Micro-Level Analysis (February 1, 2013). SOEPpaper No. 538, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2214880 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2214880

Michael Fritsch (Contact Author)

University of Jena - School of Economics and Business Administration ( email )

Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3
D-07743 Jena
Germany

Alina Sorgner

University of Jena ( email )

Fürstengraben 1
Jena, 07743
Germany

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