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Emerging Scholars Doing Ground Breaking Research in Entrepreneurship

Mark Marich

Two professors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business are sharing the top prize for the Kauffman Foundation’s 2012 Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. Erik Hurst is the V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and the John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. An expert in entrepreneurship, macroeconomic policy and housing markets, Hurst researches barriers to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial finance, and household consumption and financial behavior. Tobias Moskowitz is the Fama Family Professor of Finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. An expert in entrepreneurial finance, financial markets and investments, Moskowitz researches the returns to private business ownership, the political economy of financial regulation, corporate finance and financial networks.

The Prize Medal is part of the Kauffman Emerging Scholars Program, designed to inspire young scholars to contribute new insight into the field of entrepreneurship. The Medal, which includes a $50,000 prize, is awarded annually to recognize scholars under the age of 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to entrepreneurship. Another part of the program is the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program that annually recognizes 15 exceptional doctoral students with fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each to support their dissertation research in the area of entrepreneurship. Including the current class of fellows, 138 awards have been made since the program was created in 2003.

The 2012 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:
  • Mabel Botelho Abraham, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Gendered Networks or Gendered Networking? Sex-Differences in Patterns of Network Activation and Returns to Social Ties for Male and Female Entrepreneurs
  • Seth Carnahan, University of Maryland, College Park Patterns and Performance of Entrepreneurship that Crosses Industry Boundaries
  • Edward J. Egan, University of California, Berkeley Rights to Valuations in Venture Capital Backed Startups: The Effects of Reputations
  • Erik P. Gilje, Boston College Does Local Access to Finance Matter?: Evidence from U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Shale Booms
  • Juanita González Uribe, Columbia University Knowledge Transfer in Venture Capital Networks
  • Walker Hanlon, Columbia University An Empirical Investigation of Directed Technical Change and Inter-Industry Spillovers
  • Nahoko Kameo, University of California, Los Angeles From the Lab to the Shelf: Changes in the Commercialization of Scientific Discoveries in Japan, 1980-2010
  • Lauren Lanahan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Spurring Innovation and Entrepreneurialism within States: Three Studies of State Level R&D Policies
  • Mahka Moeen, University of Maryland, College Park Reconfiguration Strategies for Entrepreneurial Entry and Creation of New Industries: Three Essays
  • Vincenzo Palermo, Georgia Institute of Technology Essays on Markets for Technology: The Role of Licensing as a Complementary Strategy to Internal R&D
  • Pian Shu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology The Allocation of Talent Over the Business Cycle and the Long-Term Impact on Innovation: Evidence from M.I.T.
  • Dan Wang, Stanford University Creating Value by Coming Home: A Comparative Study of Returnee Entrepreneurship Across the Globe
  • Tiantian Yang, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Structuration of Social Inequality: Explaining Diverging Pathways of Entrepreneurs and their New Ventures
  • Marek Zapletal, University of Michigan Impact of Occupational Licensing Regulation on Entrepreneurship
  • Bo Zhao, University of Michigan The Effects of State Innovation Programs on Entrepreneurial Firms: Three Essays

"These bright young scholars now join the class of more than 100 researchers who we have honored in recent years for their outstanding work in academic entrepreneurship study," said Robert J. Strom, director of research and policy at the Foundation. "Not only is their work significant, but they represent the best and brightest up-and-coming leaders in the field of entrepreneurship research who will teach and influence our next generation of academics."

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