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The Bulletin on Entrepreneurship

Introducing recent NBER entrepreneurship research and the scholars who conduct it
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 entrepreneurial success. The researchers collect data from a course taken by all 3,684 first-year MBA students in the classes of 2013 to 2016. Over a semester, teams of five to seven students worked together...

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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 that research universities, particularly those in urban areas and near high-income zip codes, provide the most fecund ground for high-quality local entrepreneurship. The...
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 employees who joined new firms in the firms’ first year. Their premise is that a startup’s prospects hinge largely on the organizational capital...

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...

The NBER Bulletin on Entrepreneurship highlights economic research on the factors that stimulate and support successful entrepreneurial activity, the community of entrepreneurs, and the impact of entrepreneurs and the businesses they create on the broader economy. This digital bulletin, distributed twice each year, also introduces a leading scholar of entrepreneurship and highlights NBER projects that promote research on entrepreneurship. The NBER's Entrepreneurship Working Group and related initiatives are supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

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