Prof. Dr. Alexander S. Kritikos

Head of Entrepreneurship Research Group

Research director in the Firms and Markets Department

Research Topics and Working Areas

Alexander Kritikos is Research Director for Entrepreneurship Research at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), where he was before Head of the Department ‘Innovation, Manufacturing, Service' since 2008 and Vice-President since 2010. At the same time, he is appointed as Full Professor for Industrial and Institutional Economics at the University of Potsdam, and Research Fellow of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, and of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Nuremberg.

Born in 1965, he studied economics and political sciences at the University of Munich where he received in 1989 his degree as Diplom-Volkswirt. After a scholarship at the ‘post graduate programme for Applied Microeconomics' of the Free University of Berlin he received his doctoral degree in Economics at the Humboldt-University of Berlin in 1996 and his habilitation in Economics at the European University Viadrina in 2003. Alexander Kritikos was Research Fellow of the German Marshall Fund in Washington (1999), EU-TMR Research Fellow at Athens University of Economics (2000), and he is member of the Social Sciences Committee and of Economic Policy Committee of the German Economic Association. Since 2010 he is editor of Small Business Economics.

His articles have been published in Economics Letters, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Research Policy and Small Business Economics. His OpEds have been published in various newspapers like Süddeutsche Zeitung, Handelsblatt, Cicero, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Focus, Der Tagesspiegel, Harvard Business Review, and Kathimerini.



Journal of Business Venturing 33(6)

Business Cycles and Start-ups across Industries: an Empirical Analysis for German Regions

2018 | Alexander Konon, Michael Fritsch, and Alexander S. Kritikos
Research Policy 45

The Link between R&D, Innovation and Productivity: Are Micro Firms Different?

2016 | Julian Baumann and Alexander S. Kritikos
Economics Letters 141

Influence in the Face of Impunity

2016 | Jonathan Tan and Alexander S. Kritikos
Small Business Economics 42

Characteristics and the Decisions to Become and Stay Self-Employed

2014 | Marco Caliendo, Frank Fossen and Alexander S. Kritikos Personality
Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization 76

The Impact of Risk Attitudes on Entrepreneurial Survival

2010 | Marco Caliendo, Frank Fossen and Alexander S. Kritikos
SOEPpapers 1108 / 2020

Covid-19: A Crisis of the Female Self-Employed

2020| Daniel Graeber, Alexander S. Kritikos, Johannes Seebauer
Diskussionspapiere 1903 / 2020

COVID-19: A Crisis of the Female Self-Employed

2020| Daniel Graeber, Alexander S. Kritikos, Johannes Seebauer
DIW Wochenbericht 39 / 2020

Das Gründungsgeschehen muss wiederbelebt werden: Kommentar

2020| Alexander S. Kritikos
DIW Wochenbericht 26 / 2020

Griechenlands zweite Krise in zehn Jahren: Kommentar

2020| Alexander S. Kritikos
DIW aktuell 47 / 2020

Corona-Pandemie wird zur Krise für Selbständige

2020| Alexander S. Kritikos, Daniel Graeber, Johannes Seebauer
Zeitungs- und Blogbeiträge

Innovative Gründer fördern

In: Süddeutsche Zeitung (14.09.2020), S. 16 | Alexander S. Kritikos
Externe referierte Aufsätze

Microfirms and Innovation in the Service Sector

In: Small Business Economics 55 (2020), 4, S. 997-1018 | David B. Audretsch, Alexander S. Kritikos, Alexander Schiersch
Zeitungs- und Blogbeiträge

I krísi os défteri efkairía tis chóras

In: Ta Nea (04.07.2020), S. 20 | Alexander S. Kritikos
Zeitungs- und Blogbeiträge

Griechenland wurde zum Vorbild Europas

In: Der Tagesspiegel (20.06.2020), S. 15 | Alexander S. Kritikos
Weitere Aufsätze

Hellas: From the Economic Crisis to the Corona Crisis Without a Pause

In: Business File 126 (2020), S. 22-23 | Alexander S. Kritikos



Social Ecological Market Economy & Mitigating COVID-19 Impact

Alexander S. Kritikos
[Online], 24.08.2020
| How the Iraqi Private Sector Can Lead the Way to a Successful Future: Building Economic Resilience for Companies Facing Covid-19, Low Oil Prices and Fragile Markets; giz [Online]


Alexander S. Kritikos
[Online], 29.06.2020
| Tourismus in Europa: auf dem Weg zur Erholung aus dem Covid-19, Hanns-Seidel-Stiftung Athen (Webinar)

Firm Size and Innovation in the Service Sector

Alexander S. Kritikos
[Online], 25.06.2020
| Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University [Online]

The Challenges and Opportunities that the COVID Crisis Presents for Young Entrepreneurs

Alexander S. Kritikos
[Online], 26.05.2020
| Supporting Young Entrepreneurs Through the COVID-19 Crisis: What’s Next? OECD, Zoom Meeting

The Effect of COVID-19 on the Major Economies of Europe - Panel with Introductory: [in greek language]

Alexander S. Kritikos
[Online], 08.05.2020
| The Greek Economy and the European Context: (New) Crisis and Opportunities: e-Discussions IOBE 2020

Research Projects

Research Project


Current Project| Entrepreneurship
Research Project

Evaluation of Business Coaching for Start-ups

Completed Project| Firms and Markets