Working Paper

Explaining the Regional Distribution of New Economy Firms - A Count Data Analysis


  • Dohse
  • D.
  • Schertler
  • A.
Publication Date

Although there is a host of literature on the locational choice of traditional economy firms, relatively little is known about the locational needs and preferences of new economy firms. Therefore, the current paper provides an empirical analysis of the factors determining the regional distribution of new economy firms in Germany. Using a count data analysis, we find evidence that the number of firms listed in a particular region depends positively on the region's knowledge potential (as measured by the number of patents or by the number of R&D employees) as well as on the regional supply of venture capital.

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JEL Classification
R30, R58, O30, C21, G24

Key Words

  • count data analysis
  • knowledge potential
  • new economy firms
  • regional distribution
  • venture capital