7/3/2009 4:59:00 AM By
We are supporters of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's (OECD) Entrepreneurship Indicators Program (EIP). Last week, the steering group for the EIP met at Kauffman for one of their annual meetings. While not all the details of the meeting will be of interest, I thought I'd highlight a few key points that came out of the meeting with wider implications. These notes are abstracted from the official minutes. If you have contacts at a national statistical office and can encourage them to consider providing statistics for this program, please contact Koen DeBacker at the OECD.
The 2008 Digest publication presented data for 18 countries; new data on additional countries will be included in the 2009 publication (Portugal, Sweden, Slovenia, maybe Israel). Continued efforts will be undertaken to broaden the coverage of the EIP, not only to OECD countries, but also to emerging/developing countries (UNCTAD, for example) and regions (e.g. Andalucia in Spain, region in China).
It is agreed that:
- Interested countries and regions can opt for a ‘light’ version of the EIP: not providing all the indicators, and if necessary to provide indicators that do not follow the definitions based on business registers and hence may not be completely comparable; published results should clearly indicate the differences in methodology;
- Richard Seymour will provide the OECD the results of an exercise about entrepreneurship indicators in developing countries;
Indicators of Entrepreneurial Determinants
In addition to the work on indicators of entrepreneurial performance, the EIP plans to undertake more work on indicators of entrepreneurial determinants during the coming year. This line of work will be different since national statistical offices (NSOs) have limited data on entrepreneurial determinants, and hence different sources have to be analysed and new definitions might have to be drafted.
It is agreed that:
- The work will differ across determinants; for each determinants the available evidence has to be analysed; if available data are insufficient, new definitions and indicators might have to be constructed; The OECD will draft a strategy how to tackle the different determinants;
- If possible, countries are asked to provide help and resources; additional budget could be sought from new funders on specific topics;
- It is suggested to include the complete interactive list (to be updated on a regular basis) of indicators on the EIP-website, while publications will only include a subset; the quality of the indicators has to be assessed and reported on;
- Countries are asked to send the OECD the results (if any) of the work already undertaken on possible indicators of entrepreneurial determinants (e.g. FORA Quality Assessment).
More Timely Indicators
In the light of the financial/economic crisis, the EIP has received a significant number of questions to include more timely indicators on entrepreneurship. Given that the EIP results are validated by NSOs, existing data are of high quality but less timely.
It is agreed that:
- Maximal efforts should be undertaken to include some more timely indicators in the next publication;
- Since NSOs are not really interested/equipped to do this, some creative effort within the EIP is needed;
- The objective is not to ‘forecast’ the existing indicators; rather (more timely) data series that are highly correlated with extisting indicators might be presented;
- Priority should be given to entry, employment created by new firms and exit (although larger time lag);
A new publication of the EIP is planned by the end of 2009; it will have the same format as the 2008 Digest but will also include indicators on entrepreneurial determinants in addition to entrepreneurial performance. A selection of available and qualitative indicators on determinants will be included.
7/2/2009 4:00:00 AM By
A month or so ago I blogged on some really exciting proposed changes to the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) (see overview blog and earlier draft comments). Well, we have finalized and sent our final letter to BLS on the NLSY changes so I wanted to post our final thoughts. I am sure BLS would welcome additional letters and comments on their proposed changes. Thanks to those who provided some comments, namely Rob Fairlie and the experts at Mathematica.
BLS Attachment 2
7/1/2009 4:33:40 AM By
I won't be going to NBER's Summer Institute this year in Boston but several colleagues will. That said, NBER's Summer Institute has a lot to offer researchers. Here are a few highlights I saw on entrepreneurship. I'll post on innovation seperately.
- Health insurance and Entrepreneurship. VINCENZO QUADRINI, University of Southern California. TUESDAY, JULY 14: 10:15 am.
- Entrepreneurial Finance and Non-diversifiable Risk. HUI CHEN, MIT; JIANJUN MIAO, Boston University; and NENG WANG, Columbia University. TUESDAY, July 14: 2:55pm.
- Personal Bankruptcy Law, Debt Portfolios and Entrepreneurship. JOCHEN MANKART, London School of Economics; and GIACOMO RODANO, Banca d'Italia and LSE. FRIDAY, JULY 16: 11:30am.
- All the papers from the Entrepreneurship working group of NBER. TUESDAY, JULY 21.
- High Technology Entrepreneurs and the Patent System: Results of the 2008 Berkeley Patent Survey.
STUART GRAHAM, Georgia Institute of Technology; ROBERT BARR, ROBERT MERGES, PAM SAMUELSON and TED SICHELMAN, UC, Berkeley. WEDNESDAY, JULY 22: 9:00am.
6/12/2009 8:38:00 AM By
For those wanting to spend some real time getting to know data sets looking at nascent entrepreneurship.
Panel Study on Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED) 101
July 9-12, 2009
In your research, have you ever looked for
- a nationally representative source of nascent entrepreneurs?
- a nationally representative sample of people who are not organizing
- longitudinal measurements of entrepreneurial performance?
Then you want data from the Panel Study of Entrepreneurial Dynamics (PSED),
now with two datasets.
But before you try to use the PSED, do you know what this means?
SELECT IF (sysmis(cfphlag=1) or
(cfphlag < 90)).
If the answer is "no," then whether you are a faculty member or a doctoral student,
you need PSED 101 from the College of Charleston!
This four-day intensive workshop assumes that you have research questions about the
nature of entrepreneurship that you would like to answer using PSED I or PSED II.
It does not assume that you have (a) any degree of familiarity with the contents of
the datasets, or (b) knowledge of how to build syntax files that will answer the
research questions you have.
You'll learn how to write SPSS or STATA syntax files for creating variables, checking
data, correcting weights, performing analyses.
You'll also learn the overall data structure of the PSED, the differences between the
PSED I and PSED II, and the sorts of research problems for which each is most
Finally, under the individual guidance of the two instructors, you'll learn how to
construct the details of syntax files needed to answer your own research questions.
You'll leave with a CD containing the course materials, and with a personal copy
of the Handbook of Entrepreneurial Dynamics: The Process of Business Creation.
Amy E. Davis is Assistant Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the
College of Charleston. Her research examines gender, family, and social
networks in entrepreneurial and organizational contexts. Her dissertation
research was supported by a Kauffman Foundation Doctoral Fellowship. Amy's
PSED work is done in STATA.
Kelly G. Shaver is Professor and Chair of the Department of Management and
Entrepreneurship at the College of Charleston. He was in charge of the
Person Variables section of the PSED1, and served on the Advisory Committee for
PSED2. His specific research interest focuses on the psychological variables that
predict entrepreneurial persistence. Kelly's PSED work has been done using SPSS,
and his syntax file "kscleans" has been widely used to prepare the PSED1 dataset
for analysis of individual-level variables.
The PSED is described in detail in the Handbook of Entrepreneurial Dynamics: The
Process of Business Creation, edited by Gartner, Shaver, Carter, and Reynolds
(2004) and available from Sage Publications, ISBN 0-7619-2758-1.
Thanks to funding from the Kauffman Foundation, both PSED I and PSED II are
available at no charge from the Institute of Social Research at the University of
The workshop will be held in the Tate Center for Entrepreneurship at the College
of Charleston from July 9-12, 2008 (arrival should be on July 8).
For 2009, the PSED 101 registration fee is $200. Thanks to support from the
Kauffman Foundation, the first 10 registrants who need travel support will
each receive a $450 travel scholarship.
To register contact Kelly G. Shaver by email.
6/11/2009 8:29:00 AM By
For those aiming for publication in top-tier journals.
Fourth Annual Society for Entrepreneurship Scholars (SES)
Conference & Manuscript Boot-camp
October 8th -9th, 2009
Lead Sponsoring University: The Ohio State University, Fisher College of Business
Sponsoring University: Johns Hopkins University
Sponsoring Foundation: Kauffman Foundation
Call for Papers - deadline August 4th 2009
The Society of Entrepreneurship Scholars (SES) invites you to submit your best work- work you believe merits publication in a top tier journal - to the fourth Annual SES Conference and Manuscript Boot-camp. The sole purpose of this two-day conference is to increase the flow of manuscripts about entrepreneurship that are submitted to and published in top tier journals. Papers accepted for the conference will be reviewed in depth by at least two senior scholars. These scholars will then work with you during two four-hour working sessions, both individually and in small groups, on measures you can take to improve the manuscript and enhance its prospects for publication in a top tier journal.
The second day of the conference will be spent in plenary and working groups on topics that are fundamental to mission of the SES.
Some previous scholar mentors for the conference include, among others:
Some previous participants from different universities, among others:
- Howard Aldrich, Duke University
- Joe Mahoney, Harvard University
- Jay Barney, Purdue University
- Mike Hitt, Ohio State University
- Michael Lubatkin, University of Utah
Twenty-four (24) papers will be accepted for the conference. The sole criterion for acceptance is the paper's perceived potential for publication in top tier journals. Submitted papers must not be published or currently under review at a journal, but may be at any stage of development; i.e. working papers as well as papers that have already been reviewed and rejected by a journal. Papers may be conceptual or empirical. We encourage submissions from senior faculty who are interested in publishing about entrepreneurship, as well as from junior faculty and doctoral students.
Since the design of the conference restricts the number of participants, only one author (who should identify themselves as the submitting author) will be invited to participate in the conference. You may submit multiple co-authored papers to the conference, but each submitting author must be unique. If the submitting author is unable to attend the conference, the invitation will be withdrawn. Co-authors may not attend in the submitting author's place. All papers will be blind reviewed.
The 2009 Conference and Manuscript Boot-camp will be held on Thursday and Friday, October 8-9 at The Johns Hopkins University. The conference chair for the 2004 conference is Sharon Alvarez, Ohio State University. The conference co-chairs are David Deeds and Bill Schulze, case Western Reserve University. The event coordinator is Samuel Mathey.
Questions can be directed to Sharon Alvarez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Samuel Mathey at email@example.com
Submissions should be sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than August 8th. The submitting author should be identified on the title page.
The mission of SES is to enhance the quality of scholarship in the field of entrepreneurship. Its operational goal is to increase the flow of manuscripts about entrepreneurship that are submitted to and published in the top tier journals. The society sponsors an annual conference and manuscript boot-camp, as well as other activities aimed at increasing scholarly discourse about entrepreneurship. Our metric for success is the number and quality of papers about entrepreneurial topics membership. The society is not affiliated with any journal, other scholarly organization, or academic institution.
Manuscript Submission: August 4, 2009
Acceptance Notification: August 22, 2009
Final Manuscript Due: September 22, 2009
Boot-camp date: October 8-9, 2009
Sample review guidelines for SES 2009 Paper evaluation:
The sole criteria for acceptance is the paper's potential for publication in a top tier journal. That is to say, papers should be evaluated on their promise and not the quality of the current manuscript. Problems with stated theory or flaws in methodology or data should be viewed as problems that can be solved, and not as a basis for rejection. Sample review guidelines are below:
- Does the paper address an interesting question?
- To what extent does it inform discussion of issues that are relevant across multiple social science disciplines?
- What is the paper's potential impact on the field of entrepreneurship?
- Can the conference add value to this paper?
- Are there fatal (or non correctable) flaws with the quality of the data, sample, and research design?
- Does the paper show editorial capability or promise?
- If you were serving as a senior scholar, how willing would you be to champion this paper?
6/10/2009 3:05:39 PM By
A couple of weeks ago I called for comment on the Bureau of Labor Statistics' proposed new entrepreneurship questions in their next round of questions for the National Youth Longitudinal Survey 1979. Since that time we have been engaged in a review ourselves and with Mathematica Policy Research, our survey vendor for the Kauffman Firm Survey. As the deadline for comments is quickly approaching, I will be sending this by the close of business Thursday. In the meantime, in the spirit of openness, I am posting a draft letter and attachments here. We remain open to other ideas from scholars or individuals with survey research experience on this population.
BLS.pdf (90.09 kb)
BLS attachment 1.pdf (106.66 kb)
BLS attachment 2.pdf (59.93 kb)
6/8/2009 1:44:00 AM By
I don't know much about this conference but thought the lens with which the organizers seem to be looking at innovation is an interesting one. We know from some of Ben Jones research, among others, that there is evidence of an age impact on innovation. Additionally, we know from a lot of entrepreneurship research that entrepreneurs often have a lot of accumulated work experience before striking out on their own.
- Population dynamics, innovation and productivity
Fondation du Risque Workshop
Friday, October, the 16th
Chair “Risques et Chances de la Transition Démographique” will hold a workshop at Palais
Brongniart, 28 Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris, on 2009 October, the 16th.
Items adressed during the workshop will be the following:
- Aging and accumulation process of human capital
- Demographic transition and structure of investments
- Aging, consumption structures and innovation
- Demographic transition and firm renewal
6/3/2009 1:18:00 AM By
Wanted to highlight a conference we are helping to sponsor next week on the topic of patents and entrepreneurship at George Washington Law School.
6/2/2009 12:59:00 AM By
6/1/2009 1:20:00 PM By
From Interesting Bearing Notes
, an email newletter from the World Bank with a smattering of interesting updates and opportunities to disseminate information:
Former IBN editor Thorsten Beck and our own Asli Demirguc-Kunt have recently updated and expanded the Financial Development and Structure Database, which provides statistics on the size, activity, efficiency and stability of banks, nonbanks, equity markets, and bond markets across countries and through time. Newly added indicators include measures of banking structure and financial globalization. In their paper “Financial institutions and markets across countries and over time - data and analysis,” which introduces the revised data base, they also use the data to analyze financial system trends across the globe. Thorsten and Asli find that financial systems have deepened over the past decades along many dimensions. However, this is only true in high-income countries. Similarly, cross-border lending and bond issues have increased, but again only among high-income countries. Low and lower-middle income countries, on the other hand, have benefitted from higher remittance flows. Although the data ends in 2007, thus preventing the authors from fully capturing the recent global financial crisis, they clearly see the boom period leading up to the crisis reflected in the data. Banks’ net interest margins decreased, pushing banks to diversify income sources, while profitability increased. At the same time, the z-score, a measure of stability, decreased and hit a historic low in 2007.
More information at http://go.worldbank.org/DV96ZAS8R0
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