In a long-term historical study, the Foundation for Family Businesses examines why such fundamentally different business landscapes arose in Germany and in the United States. Family companies in Germany have evolved into a strong pillar of the German economy over centuries. But their role in the United States is smaller. The study was prepared by the economic historian Prof. Dr. Hartmut Berghoff and private lecturer Dr. Ingo Köhler, both of the University of Göttingen. As part of their research, they explored nearly 250 years of economic history in the United States and Germany.