Außenstelle Käfertaler Straße
Käfertaler Straße 258
68167 Mannheim (Wohlgelegen)
Raum B 405


  • 2015-2020: Professor für VWL und Quantitative Methoden, DHBW Mannheim
  • 2012-2015: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftspolitik, TU Ilmenau, Prof. Dr. Thomas Grebel
  • 2011-2012: Mitarbeiter am Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research, Brisbane, Australia
  • 2006-2011: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Mikroökonomik, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Prof. Dr. Uwe Cantner
  • 2005-2006: Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter am Lehrstuhl für Wirtschaftspolitik, Technische Universität Bergakademie Freiberg, Prof. Dr. Michael Fritsch
  • Wirtschaftsmathematik
  • Statistik
  • Einführung in die VWL und Mikroökonomik
  • Fortgeschrittene Mikroökonomik
  • Grundlagen der Makroökonomik
  • Geld und Währung
  • Einführung in die Wirtschaftspolitik und Außenwirtschaft
  • Ausgewählte Themen der Wirtschaftspolitik
  • Operations Research
  • Investition und Finanzierung


  • Economic Geography
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Economic Psychology

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Peer-reviewed Journals

  • Historical industrialisation and contemporary culture: The lasting imprint of economic heritage on local communities (with Obschonka, M., Thompson, P., Huggins, R.) (forthcoming in Journal of Economic Geography) https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lbab010 (Impact factor 5.118)
  • Neuroticism mediates the relationship between industrial history and modern-day regional obesity levels (with Daly, M., Obschonka, M., Sutin, A., Robinson, E + for data sharing Shaw-Taylor, L., Satchell, M.) 2021, Journal of Personality, 89(2), 276-287, https://doi.org/10.1111/jopy.12581. (Impact factor 3.667)
  • Failing role models and the formation of fear of entrepreneurial failure: A study of regional peer effects using GEM data (with Wyrwich, M., Sternberg, R.) 2019, Journal of Economic Geography, 19(3), 567-588, https://doi.org/10.1093/jeg/lby023. (Impact factor 5.118)
  • In the shadow of coal: How large-scale industries contributed to present-day regional differences in personality and well-being (with Obschonka, M., Rentfrow, P.J., Silbereisen, R.K., Gosling, S.D. + for data sharing Shaw-Taylor, L., Satchell, M.) 2018, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 115(5), 903-927, doi.org10.1037/pspp0000175. (Impact factor 7.776)
  • Skill variety in entrepreneurship: A literature review and research directions (with Krieger, A., Block, J.), 2018, International Review of Entrepreneurship, 16(1), 29-62. (nicht gerankt)
  • Fear, populism, and the geopolitical landscape: The “sleeper effect” of neurotic personality traits on regional voting behavior in the 2016 Brexit and Trump elections (with Obschonka, M., Rentfrow. P.J., Lee, N., Gosling, S.D. + for data sharing Potter, J.), 2018, Social Psychological & Personality Science, 9(3), 285-298, https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550618755874. (Impact factor 4.385)
  • Entrepreneurship culture, knowledge spillovers, and the growth of regions (with Audretsch, D.B, Obschonka, M. + for data sharing Rentfrow, P.J., Potter, J., Gosling, S.D.), 2018, Regional Studies, 52(5), 606-618, https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2017.1294251, (Impact factor 3.340)
  • Female underperformance or goal-oriented behavior? (with Watson, J., Zolin, R.), 2017, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 9(4), 293-318, https://doi.org/10.1108/IJGE-03-2017-0015, (nicht gerankt)
  • Did strategic bombing in the Second World War lead to ‘German Angst’? A large-scale empirical test across 89 German cities (with Obschonka, M., Rentfrow, P.J., Gosling, S.D. + for data sharing Potter, J.), 2017, European Journal of Personality, 31(3), 234-257, https://doi.org/10.1002/per.2104 (Impact factor 5.172)
  • Integrating psychological approaches to entrepreneurship: The Entrepreneurial Personality System (EPS) (with Obschonka M.), 2017, Small Business Economics, 49(1), 203-231, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-016-9821-y. (Impact factor 5.377)
  • Industry structure, entrepreneurship, and culture: An empirical analysis using historical coalfields (with Obschonka, M., Audretsch, D.B., Wyrwich, M. + for data sharing Rentfrow, P.J., Coombes, M., Shaw-Taylor, L., Satchell, M), 2016, European Economic Review, 86, 57-72, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.euroecorev.2015.08.012. (Impact factor 2.543)
  • Entrepreneurial role models, fear of failure, and institutional approval of entrepreneurship: A tale of two regions (with Wyrwich, M., Sternberg, R), 2016, Small Business Economics, 46(3), 467-492, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-015-9695-4. (Impact factor 5.377)
  • Macro-psychological factors predict regional economic resilience during a major economic crisis (with Obschonka, M., Audretsch, D.B. + for data sharing Rentfrow, P.J., Potter, J., Gosling, S.D.), 2016, Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7(2), 95-104, https://doi.org/10.1177/1948550615608402. (Impact factor 4.385)
  • Entrepreneurial regions: Do macro-psychological cultural characteristics of regions help solving the “knowledge paradox” of economics? (with Obschonka, Audretsch, D.B. + for data sharing Gosling, S.D., Rentfrow, P.J., Lamb, M.E., Potter, J.), 2015, PLOS-ONE 10, e0129332, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0129332. (Impact factor 3.02)
  • Regional characteristics, opportunity perception and entrepreneurial activities, (with Obschonka, M., Brixy, U., Cantner, U.), 2014, Small Business Economics, 42(2), 221-244, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-013-9488-6. (Impact factor 5.377)
  • Does new venture teams’ functional heterogeneity helps or hinders start-up performance? (with Cantner, U., Goethner, M.), 2013, Homo Oeconomicus, 30(2), 163-182. (nicht geranktes Journal)
  • Balanced skills among nascent entrepreneurs (with Obschonka, M., Schmitt-Rodermund, E.), 2013, Small Business Economics, 41(1), 93-114, https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-012-9423-2. (Impact factor 5.377)
  • Where do entrepreneurial skills come from? (with Obschonka, M., Davidsson, P., Schmitt-Rodermund, E.), 2013, Applied Economics Letters, 20(12), 1183-1186, https://doi.org/10.1080/13504851.2013.797554. (Impact factor 0.660)
  • Challenging the female underperformance hypothesis (with Zolin, R., Watson, J.), 2013, International Journal of Gender and Entrepreneurship, 5(2), 1-18, https://doi.org/10.1108/17566261311328819. (nicht gerankt)
  • Do balanced skills help nascent entrepreneurs to make progress in the venture creation process? (with Goethner, M., Cantner, U.), 2012, Economics Letters, 117(1), 186-188, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2012.05.002. (Impact factor 1.465)
  • Nascent entrepreneurship and the developing individual: Early entrepreneurial competence in adolescence and venture creation success during the career (with Obschonka, M., Silbereisen, R.K., Schmitt-Rodermund, E.), 2011, Journal of Vocational Behavior, 79(1), 121-133, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jvb.2010.12.005. (Impact factor 4.892)
  • The geography of creative people in Germany (with Fritsch, M.), 2009, International Journal of Foresight and Innovation Policy, 5(1-3), 7-23, https://doi.org/10.1504/IJFIP.2009.022096. (nicht gerankt)
  • Die Geographie der Kreativen Klasse in Deutschland [The Geography of Creative People in Germany] (with Fritsch, M), 2007, Raumforschung und Raumordnung, 65(1), 15-29, https://doi.org/10.1007/BF03183820. (nicht gerankt)


  • The Geography of Entrepreneurial Psychology (with Obschonka, M., Fritsch, M), 2021, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham.
  • Straßenbenutzungsgebühren in Theorie und Praxis: Eine ökonomische Analyse der LKW-Maut in Deutschland [Road pricing in theory and practice: an economic analysis of Germany’s truck toll], 2007, VDM Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, Germany.

Beiträge in Sammelbänden

  • Gender differences in new venture funding: Supply-side discrimination or demand-side disinclination? (with Watson, J., Zolin, R.), 2017, in: Colette, H., Nelson, T. & Lewis, K.V. (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Global Female Entrepreneurship (pp. 153-164), doi.org/10.4324/9781315794570. Routledge: New York.
  • Schumpeter, Kirzner, Knight, Simon, and others: Behavioral economics and entrepreneurship (with Grebel, T.), 2017, in: Frantz, R., Chen, S., Dopfer, K., Heukelom, F. & Mousavi, S. (Eds.) Routledge Handbook of Behavioral Economics (pp. 168-178), doi.org/10.4324/9781315743479. Routledge: New York.
  • The creative environment as stimulator for entrepreneurial opportunities, 2014, in: Sternberg, R. & Krauss, G. (Eds.) Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Creativity (pp. 209-249), doi.org/10.4337/9781781004432. Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham.
  • The geography of creative people in Germany revisited (with Fritsch, M.), 2014, in: Florida, R., Asheim, B. & Gertler, M. (Eds.) The Creative Class Goes Global (pp. 210-226), doi.org/10.4324/9780203094945, Routledge: New York.
  • Knowledge and innovative entrepreneurship - social capital and individual capacities (with Cantner, U.), 2013, in: Morone P. (Ed.) Knowledge, Innovation and Internationalization, Essays in Honour of Cesare Imbriani (pp. 59-90), Routledge: New York.