Demographics and Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Germany and India

  • Munish Kumar Thakur
  • Raveendra Chittoor
  • Sinnakkrishnan Perumal
Part of the International Studies in Entrepreneurship book series (ISEN, volume 19)

7.1 Introduction

There is increasing empirical evidence to suggest that the source of economic growth for many nations is entrepreneurial activity (Audretsch and Fritsch, 2003). However, there is still a strong need for empirical support on the various theoretical factors that are hypothesized to foster entrepreneurial activity. With scholars questioning the applicability and validity of theory in global settings, many national level empirical studies are needed in different geographical and cultural contexts. This chapter attempts to examine the empirical evidence on the impact of three critical demographic factors namely, migration, population structure and higher education on entrepreneurial activity, in the cross-cultural context of Germany and India.

Germany and India have different levels of entrepreneurial activities (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor, 2002). They also share some interesting commonalities and differences in demographics. Some of these commonalities and...


High Education Population Structure Entrepreneurial Activity Migrant Population Ordinary Little Square Regression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Munish Kumar Thakur
    • 1
  • Raveendra Chittoor
    • 2
  • Sinnakkrishnan Perumal
    • 3
  1. 1.Strategic ManagementXLRI school of Business and Human ResourcesJamshedpurIndia
  2. 2.Strategic Management GroupIndian Institute of Management CalcuttaKolkataIndia
  3. 3.Management Information Systems GroupIndian Institute of Management CalcuttaKolkataIndia

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