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Entrepreneur Choice of Location

Resource Type
Dataset : Survey and aggregate data
  • Hansmeyer, Karl-Heinrich (Seminar für Finanzwissenschaft, Universität zu Köln)
  • Fürst, Dietrich (Seminar für Finanzwissenschaft, Universität zu Köln)
  • Zimmermann, Klaus (Seminar für Finanzwissenschaft, Universität zu Köln)
Publication Date
  • Mummert & Partner, Wirtschafts- und Sozialforschung, Essen (Data Collector)
  • ZA:
    • Work and Industry
  • CESSDA Topic Classification:
    • Business/industrial management and organisation
    • Land use and planning
  • Abstract

    Decision criteria and decision-making process in the choice of location of companies who recently completed a change of location. Topics: Characteristics of the business such as e.g. number of employees and development of number of employees, location of management, level of turnover and proportion of wage sums in the total costs; use of modern production procedures at new location; distance problems in procurement, sales and place of residence of employees; length of search for location; reasons for the search for location; choice of location according to areas or municipalities or according to trade tax or wage sum tax; decision criteria against a municipality; advantages and disadvantages of city proximity or conurbations; the significance of transport costs for choice of location; information problems in choice of location; use of external consultants; evaluation of counseling services of the chamber of commerce; most important location factors; evaluation of and utilization of government support funds; reasons for rejection of subsidies; municipal service for the business; judgement on official information policies regarding regional promotion; personal information processing and planning time period; amount of investment sum.
Temporal Coverage
  • 1971-03 / 1971-04
Geographic Coverage
  • Schleswig-Holstein (DE-SH)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate (DE-RP)
  • Bavaria (DE-BY)
  • Hesse (DE-HE)
    chamber of commerce district Kassel
Sampled Universe
Businesses who made a location decision and carried it out between 1 Jan. 1966 and 31 Dec. 1969.
Sampling Procedure Comment: Sample
Collection Mode
  • Oral survey with standardized questionnaire
Data and File Information
  • Unit Type: Individual
    Number of Units: 346
    Number of Variables: 627
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Alternative Identifiers
  • ZA0843 (Type: ZA-No.)
  • Fürst, Dietrich; Zimmermann, Klaus; Hansmeyer, Karl-Heinrich: Standortwahl industrieller Unternehmen: Bd. 1. Bonn: Gesellschaft für regionale Strukturentwicklung, Selbstverlag 1973.

Update Metadata: 2020-10-20 | Issue Number: 95 | Registration Date: 2010-07-22

Hansmeyer, Karl-Heinrich; Fürst, Dietrich; Zimmermann, Klaus (1971): Unternehmerische Standortwahl. Version: 1.0.0. GESIS Datenarchiv. Dataset.