Petrik Runst, Ph.D. Economics

Senior Researcher, Institute for Small Business Economics, Göttingen




SME innovation and generalized trust as a regional resource (w/ Thore Sören Bischoff and Ann Hipp) (link)

Resilient entrepreneurs? – Revisiting the relationship between the Big Five and self-employment (w/ Jörg Thomä) (link)

Spatial Heterogeneity in the Effect of Trust on Innovation (w/ Thore Sören Bischoff)



Runst, P.; Wyrwich M. (forthcoming) Poor soil as a fertile breeding ground: Historical agricultural specialization and persistence of regional specialization in crafts, Annals of Regional Science. (link)

Runst P. & Thomä, J. (2022) Does Personality Matter? Small Business Owners and Modes of Innovation, Small Business Economics, 58, 2235–2260. (link)

Runst, P., & Höhle, D. (2022). The German eco tax and its impact on CO2 emissions. Energy Policy, 160, 112655. (link)

Runst, P. (2021). A case study of bureaucratic discretion: Heterogeneous application of market entry regulation in Germany. Journal of Institutional Economics, 17(4), 681-700.. (link to article)

Runst, P., & Thonipara, A. (2020). Dosis facit effectum why the size of the carbon tax matters: Evidence from the Swedish residential sector. Energy Economics, 91, 104898. (link to article)

Runst, P. & Thomä, J. (2020). Does occupational deregulation affect in-company vocational training? – Evidence from the 2004 Reform of the German Trade and Crafts Code. Journal of Economics and Statistics (Jahrbücher für Nationalökonomie und Statistik) 240 (1), 51-88. (link to article) (Data & Stata Do-File)

Proeger, T., & Runst, P. (2019). Digitization and Knowledge Spillover Effectiveness—Evidence from the “German Mittelstand”. Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 11(4), 1509-1528. (link to article)

Runst, P., Thomä, J., Haverkamp, K., & Müller, K. (2019). A replication of ‘Entry regulation and entrepreneurship: a natural experiment in German craftsmanship’. Empirical Economics56(6), 2225-2252. (link to article)

Thonipara, A., Runst, P., Ochsner, C., & Bizer, K. (2019). Energy efficiency of residential buildings in the European Union–An exploratory analysis of cross-country consumption patterns. Energy Policy129, 1156-1167. (link to article)

Fredriksen, K., Runst, P., & Bizer, K. (2019). Masterful meisters? Voluntary certification and quality in the German crafts sector. German Economic Review20(1), 83-104. (link to article)

Runst, P. (2018). Does immigration affect demand for redistribution?–An experimental design. German Economic Review19(4), 383-400. (link to article)

Runst, P. (2018). Does the Deregulation of Occupational Licensing affect the Labor Market Participation of Migrants in Germany? European Journal of Law and Economics45(3), 555-589. (link to article)

Feser, D., & Runst, P. (2016). Energy efficiency consultants as change agents? Examining the reasons for EECs’ limited success. Energy Policy98, 309-317. (link to article)

Runst, P., & Horwitz, S. (2015). Alienation and rationality—The retreat of postwar socialism. The Review of Austrian Economics28(2), 123-137. (link to article)

Runst, P. (2014). Crisis and belief: confirmation bias and the behavioral political economy of recession. Constitutional Political Economy25(4), 376-392.

Runst, P. (2014). Popular Attitudes Toward Market Economic Principles and Institutional Reform in Transition Economies. Review of Social Economy72(1), 83-115.

Runst, P. (2013). Post‐socialist culture and entrepreneurship. American Journal of Economics and Sociology72(3), 593-626.

Gick, E., & Runst, P. (2013). Introduction and Commentary on Hayek`s Overrated Reason”. Journal of the History of Economic Thought35(2), 233-237.

English Translation of 'The Overrated Reason', by F.A.Hayek (2013) Journal of the History of Economic Thought (with Evelyn Gick), 35(2) : 239-256 

Runst, P., & Wagner, R. E. (2011). Choice, emergence, and constitutional process: A framework for positive analysis. Journal of Institutional Economics7(1), 131-145.

Runst, P. (2010). Schutzian Methodology as a Progressive Research Agenda: Commentary on Lester Embree’s “Economics in the Context of Alfred Schutz’s Theory of Science”. Schutzian Research. A Yearbook of Lifeworldly Phenomenology and Qualitative Social Science, (Volume 2), 155-163.



Haverkamp, K., Runst, P., & Proeger, T. (2021). Das Handwerk zwischen Corona-Krise und Rückvermeisterung. Wirtschaftsdienst, 101(3), 194-199.

Jörg Thomä, Katarzyna Haverkamp, Till Proeger, Petrik Runst (2021) Das (unterschätzte) Potenzial von Handwerksrollendaten für die Gründungs- und Mittelstandsforschung. Unternehmertum im Fokus 2/21, ifm Bonn. (link to article)

Petrik Runst, Jörg Thomä, Katarzyna Haverkam, Till Proeger (2021) Kleinbetriebliche Wirtschaftsstruktur – ein regionaler Resilienzfaktor in der Corona-Krise? Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik 101(1) : 40-45. (link to article)

Eine Darstellung des Klimaschutzpaketes 2019/2020 und dessen Wirkungen (2020) in "Klimapolitik und öffentliche Finanzen in Zeiten der Coronakrise", Loccumer Protokolle (90/20)

Sächsisches Staatsministerium für Wirtschaft, Arbeit und Verkehr (ed.) (2019). Das Sächsische Handwerk 2019. Struktur- und Potentialanalyse. Dresden.

Effektivität einer CO2-Besteuerung im Wohngebäudesektor: empirische Hinweise (2019, w/ Anita Thonipara) Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, 99(12) : 4-6. (link to article)

Pro & Contra Wiedereinführung der Meisterpflicht (2018 lead article w/ Jörg Thomä), Wirtschaftsdienst - Zeitschrift für Wirtschaftspolitik, 98(8): 534 - 535. (link to article)



Explaining dynamics of occupational segregation by gender: A longitudinal study of the German vocational training system of skilled crafts (2015, with Katarzyna Haverkamp) in Comparative Social Research, 31

Between Community and Society – Political Attitudes in Transition Countries (July, 2015), in Culture and Economic Action (ed. Virgil Storr and Laura Grube, Edward Elgar.)

"Entrepreneurship and Social Networks in Post Disaster Environments" (2010) in After Katrina: The Political Economy of Disaster and Community Rebound’ eds. Emily Chamlee-Wright and Virgil Henry Storr, Edward Elgar



Review of Nancy Bermeo and Larry M. Bartels (Eds.), Mass Politics in Tough Times: Opinions, Votes, and Protest in the Great Recession (2017), Review of Austrian Economics, 30(2) : 255-258.

Review of Giacomo Corneo, Bessere Welt ( 2016), Review of Austrian Economics, 29(1) : 99-102.

Review of James Scott, Two Cheers for Anarchism (2013), Review of Austrian Economics, 26(4 ) : 501-503

Review of Annette Miae Kim, Learning to be Capitalist: Entrepreneurs in Vietnam’s Transition Economy (2012), Entrepreneurship & Public Policy, Vol 1(1 ) : 97.