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

Kauffman Entrepreneurship Scholars Awards inspire young researchers to study entrepreneurship

KANSAS CITY, MO (Jan. 9, 2017) – The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the recipient of the 2017 Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship and the recipients of the 2017 Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship. The awards were presented Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Allied Social Science Associations’ annual meeting in Chicago.

The Kauffman Foundation funds a series of programs and initiatives designed to create a substantial body of research on entrepreneurship. The Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Scholars programs assist promising scholars in their efforts to earn doctoral degrees, encourage scholars to conduct research early in their careers and recognize ground-breaking research—all with a focus on entrepreneurship. These programs support and recognize achievements at each career level of an academic professional. Following are the recipients of this year’s 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 a scholar early into his or her career as an associate professor or full professor whose research has made a significant contribution to entrepreneurship. The Kauffman Prize is judged by an independent panel of senior scholars from the field. More information on the Kauffman Prize Medal can be found at www.kauffman.org/kauffmanprize.

The 2017 recipient, Aaron Chatterji, PhD, is an associate professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. He previously served as a senior economist at the White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) where he worked on a wide range of policies relating to entrepreneurship, innovation, infrastructure and economic growth.

Chatterji’s research and teaching investigate some of the most important forces shaping our global economy and society: entrepreneurship, innovation and the expanding social mission of business. He was awarded an inaugural Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in 2009 and was a 2005 Kauffman Dissertation Fellow. He also received the Rising Star award from the Aspen Institute for his work on business and public policy.

His research has been published in leading academic journals and has been cited by CNN and The Economist. He has authored several op-ed pieces, including in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, appeared on national TV and radio, and was recently profiled in The Financial Times and Fortune. Chatterji has also testified as an expert witness at the House Committee on Small Business and the U.S. Department of State and served as a Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

In his local community, Chatterji serves as a board member for Durham Communities in Schools, an education-focused non-profit. He also advises technology startup companies on innovation and strategy.

Chatterji is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and previously worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs. He received his PhD from the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley and his BA in economics from Cornell University.

Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship

The Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship (KDF) annually recognizes up to 20 exceptional doctoral students and their universities. 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 Fellows, 208 awards have been made since the program was created in 2003. More information on the Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship can be found at www.kauffman.org/kdf.

The 2017 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:

  • Jose Maria Barrero, Stanford University, Entrepreneurs’ Beliefs and Firm Behavior: Evidence from the ‘Decision Maker Survey’
  • Enrico Berkes, Northwestern University, Technology and Innovation: Geography, Characteristics and Effects in a Changing Economic Landscape
  • Natalie Carlson, Columbia University, Delineating Social Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Tech Entrepreneurs in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Jin Woo Chang, University of Michigan, Worker Firing, Match Quality, and Growth of Small Firms in Germany: A Firm-Level Analysis
  • Andrea Contigiani, University of Pennsylvania, Entrepreneurship, Experimentation, and Performance
  • Colleen Mary Cunningham, Duke University, Essays on the Management, Organization, and Geography of Novel Innovation
  • Matthew Denes, University of Washington, Essays on Venture Capital, Risk Taking and Economic Growth
  • Nuri Ersahin, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Creditor Rights, Entrepreneurship and Productivity
  • Steven M. Gray, Washington University in St. Louis, Exploring the Puzzle of Functional Homophily in New Venture Founding Teams
  • Jessica S. Jeffers, University of Pennsylvania, Essays on Corporate Finance and Human Capital
  • Hye Young Kang, Boston University, Intra-Platform Competition: The Competitive Dynamics of Platform Entrepreneurs
  • Hyo Kang, University of California, Berkeley, Competition, Entrepreneurship, and the Direction of Innovation: Evidence from Collusion Enforcement
  • J. Daniel Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Essays on Human Capital and Entrepreneurial Organizations: Evidence from Startup Acquisitions
  • Kate Maxwell Koegel, Duke University, Entrepreneurship, Women, and the Household: Exploring Occupational Choice
  • Nicholas Kozeniauskas, New York University, Inequality, Technical Change and Declining Entrepreneurship
  • Joshua Krieger, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Trials and Terminations: Learning from Competitors’ R&D Failures
  • Raviv Murciano-Goroff, Stanford University, Diversity and Hiring Policies at Entrepreneurial Tech Companies
  • Weiyi Ng, University of California, Berkeley, On Experience and Enterprise: Careers, Organizations and Entrepreneurship
  • Alessandro Piazza, Columbia University, From Founders to Funders: Generalized Exchange, Social Capital, and Homophily in Angel Investing
  • Alexandrea J. Ravenelle, City University of New York, The New Entrepreneur: Worker Experiences in the Sharing Economy