The Geography and the Effect of Creative People in Germany

34 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2007

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Michael Fritsch

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena - School of Economics and Business Administration

Date Written: April 2007

Abstract

This paper investigates the geography and the effect of people in creative occupation in Germany. The population share of the Creative Class as well as of bohemians and artists is relatively high in larger cities, but smaller places and rural regions may also have a considerable proportion of people with a creative job. While ethnical and cultural diversity and a high level of public supply in health care and education can explain the distribution of creative people, employment opportunities seem to play only a minor role. There is a positive statistical relationship between the share of people in creative occupations, the level of new business formation and the innovativeness of regions. A high share of creative occupations seems to be conducive to regional growth; however, the exact nature of this relationship is still unclear.

Keywords: creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship, regional development

JEL Classification: O31, O18, R11

Suggested Citation

Fritsch, Michael, The Geography and the Effect of Creative People in Germany (April 2007). Jena Economic Research Paper No. 2007-001, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1017736 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1017736

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