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Prof. Dr. Alexander S. Kritikos

Prof. Dr. Alexander S. Kritikos

Member of the Executive Board

Head of Entrepreneurship Research Group

Research Topics and Working Areas

Alexander Kritikos is scientific member of the executive board of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) since May 2021 and research director of the research group on ‘Entrepreneurship’ since 2011. Before he was head of the Department ‘Innovation, Manufacturing, Service' since 2008 and Vice-President since 2010. 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.

Alexander Kritikos 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 program 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 among others in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of Population Economics, Research Policy and Small Business Economics. His OpEds have been published in various newspapers like Süddeutsche Zeitung, Handelsblatt, Cicero, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Tagesspiegel, Welt, Harvard Business Review, Ta Nea and Kathimerini.



Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice

Pandemic Depression: COVID-19 and the Mental Health of the Self-Employed

2022 | Marco Caliendo, Daniel Graeber, Alexander S. Kritikos und Johannes Seebauer
Journal of Population Economics volume 34

COVID-19: a crisis of the female self-employed

2021 | Daniel Graeber, Alexander S. Kritikos, Johannes Seebauer
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
Small Business Economics 42

Personality Characteristics and the Decisions to Become and Stay Self-Employed

2014 | Marco Caliendo, Frank Fossen and Alexander S. Kritikos Personality
Diskussionspapiere 2030 / 2023

Self-Efficacy and Entrepreneurial Performance of Start-Ups

2023| Marco Caliendo, Alexander S. Kritikos, Daniel Rodriguez, Claudia Stier
Diskussionspapiere 2029 / 2022

The Influence of Start-up Motivation on Entrepreneurial Performance

2022| Marco Caliendo, Alexander S. Kritikos, Claudia Stier
Vierteljahrshefte zur Wirtschaftsforschung 2 / 2022


2022| Alexander S. Kritikos
DIW Wochenbericht 45 / 2022

"Doppelwumms": Wo bleiben Anreize für Investitionen? Kommentar

2022| Alexander S. Kritikos, Alexander Kriwoluzky
DIW Wochenbericht 44 / 2022

Künftig solle es nur noch ein Programm für Selbstständige geben – transparent und verlässlich: Interview

2022| Alexander S. Kritikos, Erich Wittenberg
Externe referierte Aufsätze

The Influence of Start-Up Motivation on Entrepreneurial Performance

In: Small Business Economics im Ersch. (2023), [online first: 2023-03-13] | Alexander S. Kritikos, Alexander Schiersch, Claudia Stier
Externe Monographien

Self-Efficacy and Entrepreneurial Performance of Start-Ups

Potsdam: CEPA, 2023, 41 S.
(CEPA Discussion Papers ; 61)
| Marco Caliendo, Alexander S. Kritikos, Daniel Rodriguez, Claudia Stier
Externe Monographien

Self-Efficacy and Entrepreneurial Performance of Start-Ups

Bonn: IZA, 2023, 41 S.
(Discussion Paper Series / Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit ; 15848)
| Marco Caliendo, Alexander S. Kritikos, Daniel Rodriguez, Claudia Stier
Externe referierte Aufsätze

A Lasting Crisis Affects R&D Decisions of Smaller Firms: The Greek Experience

In: The Journal of Technology Transfer im Ersch. (2023), [Online first: 2022-08-08] | Ioannis Giotopoulos, Alexander S. Kritikos, Aggelos Tsakanikas
Externe referierte Aufsätze

Pandemic Depression: COVID-19 and the Mental Health of the Self-Employed

In: Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2023), im Ersch. [online first: 2022-06-08] | Marco Caliendo, Daniel Graeber, Alexander S. Kritikos, Johannes Seebauer



German Financial State Aid during COVID-19 Pandemic: Higher Impact among Digitalized Self-Employed

Alexander S. Kritikos,
[Online], 20.03.2023
| Adam Smith Seminar: CCR München [Online]

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Role of Regulation and Regional Government Quality for High Growth Firms

Alexander S. Kritikos
Berlin, 10.03.2023 - 11.03.2023
| Creative Spark 2023

Entwicklung der Selbständigkeit in den vergangenen 30 Jahren und ihre Bedeutung für die Wirtschaft und Politik

Alexander S. Kritikos
Berlin, 10.11.2022 - 01.01.1970
| Bundesverband für selbständige Wissensarbeit

Talkrunde 2: Der Eurotrumpf sticht nicht mehr: die europäische Union am Scheideweg

Alexander S. Kritikos,
Hamburg, 07.11.2022 - 08.11.2022
| Game Over!? Hat die EU ihre Zukunft verzockt?: 39. Kongress des Club of Logistics

Gender Effects in Wage Negotiations: Does Knowing Gender Affect Behavior or Outcomes?

Michalis Drouvelis, Jana Friedrichsen, Alexander Kritikos, Müge Süer
Basel, Schweiz, 11.09.2022 - 14.09.2022
| Big Data in Economics: Jahrestagung des Vereins für Socialpolitik 2022

Research Projects

Research Project

Evaluation of Business Coaching for Start-ups

Completed Project| Firms and Markets
Research Project


Completed Project| Entrepreneurship