Promising Scholars Honored for Ground-Breaking Research in Entrepreneurship

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Kauffman Emerging Scholars Awards Inspire Young Researchers to Study Entrepreneurship

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Jan. 8, 2013 – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the 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. 5, at the Allied Social Science Associations' annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

"We are proud to honor these bright emerging scholars 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 some of the brightest future leaders in the field of entrepreneurship research who will 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 recipients of the 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.

More information on the Kauffman Prize Medal can be found at

William Kerr, the 2013 Medal recipient, is an expert in agglomeration and entrepreneurship, immigration, and innovation. Kerr researches the role of immigrant scientists in technology commercialization, the interaction of government policy and firm entry and cluster formation, and entrepreneurial finance.

Kerr received his bachelor's degree in systems engineering from the University of Virginia in 1996. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2005. He joined the Harvard Business School faculty in 2005.

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, 153 awards have been made since the program was created in 2003. More information on the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship Program can be found at

The 2013 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:

  • James Bailey, Temple University
    Health Insurance and the Supply of Entrepreneurs: New Evidence from the Affordable Care Act
  • Vanessa Beary, Harvard University
    The Impact Of Entrepreneurship Education in Khujand, Tajikistan: A Longitudinal Study with Random Assignment
  • Sean Carr, University of Virginia
    The Social Dynamics of Crowdfunding: Network Ties and Social Influence in the Financing of New Ventures
  • Bo Cowgill, University of California, Berkeley
    Essays on Innovation and Economic Organization
  • G. Christopher Crawford, University of Louisville
    Causes of Extreme Outcomes in Entrepreneurship: Endowments, Expectations, Engagement, and Environments
  • Daphne Demetry, Northwestern University
    Episodic Organizations: Nascent Entrepreneurial Forms of Organizing
  • Laura Doering, University of Chicago
    Entrepreneurial Novelty: Three Essays on Innovation and Financialization in Emerging Markets
  • Shweta Gaonkar, University of Maryland, College Park
    The Strategic Network of Entrepreneurial Firms: Impact of Pre Founding Ties
  • Manuel Hermosilla, Northwestern University
    Essays on the Management of Intellectual Property and Drug Innovation
  • Lara Loewenstein, Brandeis University
    Home Equity and Small Business Finance
  • Jamie McCasland, University of California, Berkeley
    Training Aspiring Entrepreneurs in Africa: Peer Effects in Apprenticeship Training in Ghana
  • Neil Mehrotra, Columbia University
    Financial Frictions and Job Creation in the Great Recession
  • Russel Nelson, University of California, Irvine
    Competitive Dynamics in New Markets: Measuring Innovation, Successful Strategies, and the Role of Social Media
  • Amy Nguyen-Chyung, University of California, Berkeley
    How Entrepreneurial Do You Choose to Be? Talent, Risk Attitudes, Overconfidence and Self-selection into Different Levels of Entrepreneurship
  • Adam Osman, Yale University
    Tackling Youth Unemployment: Theory and Evidence from Two Randomized Experiments

Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research

The Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research (KJFF) recognizes junior faculty who are beginning to establish a record of scholarship and exhibit the potential to make significant contributions to the body of research in the field of entrepreneurship.

Seven fellowships are awarded annually to junior faculty members from universities across the United States. Each Fellow's university will receive a grant of $40,000 over two years to support the research activities of the Fellow.

More information about the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research can be found at

The 2012 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations, are:

  • Natarajan Balasubramanian, Ph.D., Syracuse University
  • Martin Ganco, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
  • Deepak Hegde, Ph.D., New York University
  • Chris Rider, Ph.D., Emory University
  • Michael Roach, Ph.D., Duke University
  • Raffaella Sadun, Ph.D., Harvard Business School
  • E. Glen Weyl, Ph.D., University of Chicago

About the Kauffman Foundation
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation is a private nonpartisan foundation that works to harness the power of entrepreneurship and innovation to grow economies and improve human welfare. Through its research and other initiatives, the Kauffman Foundation aims to open young people's eyes to the possibility of entrepreneurship, promote entrepreneurship education, raise awareness of entrepreneurship-friendly policies, and find alternative pathways for the commercialization of new knowledge and technologies. In addition, the Foundation focuses on initiatives in the Kansas City region to advance students' math and science skills, and improve the educational achievement of urban students, including the Ewing Marion Kauffman School, a college preparatory charter school for middle and high school students. Founded by late entrepreneur and philanthropist Ewing Marion Kauffman, the Foundation is based in Kansas City, Mo. and has approximately $2 billion in assets. For more information, visit, and follow the Foundation on Twitter and Facebook.