Alina SorgnerAlina SORGNER (formerly Rusakova) is currently post-doc researcher and lecturer at the Chair of Business Dynamics, Innovation and Economic Change at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and Research Fellow at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin), Germany. She received a Diploma in Mathematical Methods in Economics from the Moscow State Institute of Electronics and Mathematics (Technical University), Russia, and was awarded a Dr. rer. pol. from the Department of Economics and Business Administration at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in 2013. Before her doctoral studies, she worked as a specialist in the Corporate Finance Department in a large investment company in Russia.

The main research interests of Dr. Sorgner focus on the new business formation processes, in particular, development of entrepreneurial careers over time, returns from entrepreneurship, employment in entrepreneurial firms, as well as the role of creativity and non-cognitive skills for entrepreneurship. Dr. Sorgner worked in diverse interdisciplinary projects at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena and the German Institute for Economic Research that dealt with new business formation and labor market in East- and West German growth regimes, the development of self-employment in Germany over time and its distinguishing characteristics, and governmental support of start-ups by unemployed.


Selected publications:

  • Fritsch, Michael, Alexander Kritikos and Alina Rusakova: Who Starts a Business and who is Self-Employed in Germany? Jena Economic Research Papers # 001-2012, Friedrich Schiller University and Max Planck Institute of Economics Jena
  • Fritsch, Michael and Alina Rusakova (2012): Self-Employment After Socialism: Intergenerational Links, Entrepreneurial Values, and Human Capital. International Journal of Developmental Science, 6, 167-175.
  • Fritsch, Michael and Alina Sorgner (2013): Entrepreneurship and Creative Professions – A Micro-Level Analysis. In: Rolf Sternberg and Gerhard Krauss (eds.): Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Creativity, Cheltenham, Elgar (forthcoming).
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