Kauffman Foundation Announces 2012 Honors for Promising Scholars Doing Ground-Breaking Research in Entrepreneurship

Barbara Pruitt, 816-932-1288, bpruitt@kauffman.org, Kauffman Foundation  

The Kauffman Prize Medal and Kauffman Dissertation Fellowships Inspire Young Researchers to Study Entrepreneurship

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Jan. 9, 2012 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the 2012 recipients of the Kauffman Emerging Scholars Program. This program recognizes the achievements of young scholars who are making significant contributions to research in entrepreneurship. The awards were presented Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Allied Social Science Associations' annual meeting in Chicago, Ill.

"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."

The Kauffman Foundation funds a series of programs and initiatives designed to create a substantial body of research on entrepreneurship and innovation. The programs assist promising young scholars in their efforts to earn doctoral degrees, and encourage scholars to conduct research early in their careers and recognize ground-breaking research—all with a focus on entrepreneurship. The Foundation's Emerging Scholars Program supports and recognizes achievements at each career level of an academic professional. Following are the 2012 recipients of two Emerging Scholars Program awards:

Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship
As a tribute to Ewing Marion Kauffman and his entrepreneurial work, the Kauffman Foundation established the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2005 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. This year, the prize is being shared by two outstanding scholars. More information on the Kauffman Prize Medal can be found at www.kauffman.org/kauffmanprize.

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.

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program
The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program annually recognizes 15 exceptional doctoral students and their universities. Fifteen fellowships in the amount of $20,000 each will be awarded to the students 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. More information on the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program can be found at www.kauffman.org/kdfp.

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