There is a lack of entrepreneurial culture in many European countries. At the same time, many young people (in particular also those with an immigrant background) are faced with unemployment.

The number of start-ups/ creation of enterprises in Europe is comparatively low (see USA, Israel). Many reasons and circumstances contribute to this development. But research shows that one important cause for the deficient entrepreneurial spirit is to be found in the educational system, which does not focus sufficiently on teaching economic knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and enabling entrepreneurial mind sets.

Against this background, IW Köln and other actors across Europe, such as JA Europe, have set up programmes, in cooperation with local companies and schools, to overcome this situation. Empirical experiences from these programmes show that one can pinpoint some policies that help to generate the missing entrepreneurial spirit.

In cooperation with

  • IW Junior gGmbH
  • JA Europe

IW policy paper

Klaus-Heiner Röhl: Entrepreneurial culture and start-ups – Could a cultural shift in favour of entrepreneurship lead to more innovative start-ups?

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Vera Demary: Entrepreneurial Culture and Startups

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Felix Hettig: Entrepreneurship – Why we need it and how we can foster it

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The Economic Effects of a Brexit on the UK
Gastbeitrag, 25. August 2016

Jürgen Matthes and Berthold Busch in European Financial Review The Economic Effects of a Brexit on the UKArrow

The results of a plethora of studies on the likely economic impact of a Brexit on the UK are rather confusing. In this article, IW economists Jürgen Matthes and Berthold Busch challenge the mainstream view and argue that the risks of a Brexit are likely to be underestimated. mehr