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IfM Research Fellow Network

The internationally oriented IfM Research Fellow Network offers its members a platform for regular exchange on current research topics, the opportunity for guest residencies and research collaborations. The institute also provides access to scientific data.

Prof. Michael Fritsch

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena / Deputy Chair of the Research council IfM Bonn

Research fields

  • New business formation processes and their impact on economic development
  • Innovation systems and innovation behavior
  • Economic development strategies
  • Markets, market failure and systems failureagen


Michael Fritsch is Senior Professor of Economics at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. He is also Associate Editor of the academic journals Regional Studies and Small Business Economics. A main topic of his recent research is the role of historical factors that shape the long-term development trajectories of regions. This particularly includes the role of formal as well as informal institutions such as regional traditions and cultures of innovation and entrepreneurship. Michael Fritsch has intensely studied the transformation processes of former socialist countries of Central and Eastern Europe.