Empir Econ https://doi.org/10.1007/s00181-018-1457-0 REPLICATION STUDIES A replication of ‘Entry regulation and entrepreneurship: a natural experiment in German craftsmanship’ 1 1 Petrik Runst · Jörg Thomä · 1 1 Katarzyna Haverkamp · Klaus Müller Received: 23 November 2015 / Accepted: 13 December 2017 © Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature 2018 Abstract Rostam-Afschar (Empir Econ 47:1067–1101, 2014) analyzes the impact of the deregulation of the German Trade and Crafts Code of 2004 on entrepreneurial activity, using German microcensus (MC) data. He ﬁnds a uniform positive effect on market entry in partially and fully deregulated trades and no change in exit proba- bilities. We replicate and extend this study. Most importantly, we generate a novel classiﬁcation scheme that aims to achieve an improved identiﬁcation of crafts trades in the microcensus. It is necessary to remove non-craftsmen from the analysis as the policy change exclusively pertains to the crafts sector. In contrast to Rostam- Afschar’s ﬁndings, the increase in self-employment and entry is more pronounced in the completely deregulated B1-trades rather than the partially deregulated A-trades. In addition, exit probabilities in fully deregulated trades do not remain constant but rather increase. Keywords Entrepreneurship · Regulation · Craftsmanship · Replication · Microcensus
Empirical Economics – Springer Journals
Published: Jun 5, 2018
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