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AN NBER PUBLICATION ISSUE: No. 2, November 2021

The Bulletin on Entrepreneurship

Introducing recent NBER entrepreneurship research and the scholars who conduct it
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Teams with more women performed better when they had a female section leader. Ethnically diverse teams performed worse than homogenous teams, especially when diversity was assigned by algorithm. In "Diversity and Performance in Entrepreneurial Teams" (NBER Working Paper 28684), Sophie Calder-Wang, Paul Gompers, and Kevin Huang analyze data from an entrepreneurship course at Harvard Business School (HBS) to explore the links between team diversity and...

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Areas near a national laboratory or a research university exhibit more startup activity, but increased federal research support only spurs entrepreneurship near universities. Many cities and states search for policy levers that could enable them to develop a startup culture. In "More than an Ivory Tower: The Impact of Research Institutions on the Quantity and Quality of Entrepreneurship" (NBER Working Paper 28846), Valentina Tartari and Scott Stern conclude...
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The passing of a founder or an important early joiner of a small startup is associated with lower employment, revenue, and labor productivity. Just how important is the founding team to the success of a startup?  In "Founding Teams and Startup Performance" (NBER Working Paper 28417), Joonkyu Choi, Nathan Goldschlag, John C. Haltiwanger, and J. Daniel Kim attempt to answer that question by examining the impact of premature deaths of founders and other...
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Rob Fairlie grew up on the diverse east side of San Jose, California, a child of immigrants from Canada. His father worked as a plasterer and his mother as a university administrator. Interested in labor economics and racial inequality from an early age, he broadened his research interests into entrepreneurship, education, information technology, gender inequality, and immigration as he earned a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University and a master’s degree and PhD from...
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