Entrepreneurship and ageing: Exploring an economic geography perspective

Mayer, Heike; Leick, Birgit (November 2018). Entrepreneurship and ageing: Exploring an economic geography perspective (Submitted) (CRED Research Paper 22). Bern: Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

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The traditional understanding of entrepreneurship is biased towards certain population groups and specific locations. Yet the literature points to a much more diverse perspective on entrepreneurship and regional development. In this paper, we argue that regional characteristics such as the extent to which a region faces demographic change (population growth or decline, population ageing, emigration of youth, etc.) may exert a strong influence both on the individual propensity to start a business and the aggregate numbers of entrepreneurial activities. In addition, demographic change also influences the types of businesses or business models found in different regional contexts. With this idea in mind, we argue that the opportunities and challenges that are associated with old age entrepreneurship depend strongly on the regional context. We place old age entrepreneurship into a regional context and illustrate the ways in which opportunities and constraints arise from such a context and, in particular, from demographic change occurring in different regional types.

Item Type:

Working Paper

Division/Institute:

08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography > Unit Economic Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
11 Centers of Competence > Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

UniBE Contributor:

Mayer, Heike

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
900 History > 910 Geography & travel

Series:

CRED Research Paper

Publisher:

Center for Regional Economic Development (CRED)

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marlies Kathrin Schneider

Date Deposited:

04 Dec 2018 08:23

Last Modified:

04 Dec 2018 08:23

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Entrepreneurship, Ageing, Silver Economy, Regional Development

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/120943

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