Entrepreneurship Nobel to Steven Klepper

29 January 2011 at 3:05 am 4 comments

| Nicolai Foss |

The Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research may not quite be the real thing, but it is Swedish, highly prestiguous, and 100k Euro is still quite a bit of money. The Prize is administered and financed by the Research Institute of Industrial Economics, the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research, and the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth. Earlier recipients include Joshn Lerner, David Audretsch, Scott Shane, William Baumol, and Israel Kirzner.

O&M congratulates the Prize Committee for an excellent choice and CMU Professor Steven Klepper for receiving the Prize. Klepper’s work is rigorous, yet highly realistic and relevant. It takes process, heterogeneity, and entrepreneurship seriously, and demonstrates that such research is capable of being published in the very best economics journals. Here is the Committe’s motivation for the choice of Klepper:

Steven Klepper has made significant contributions to our understanding of the role of new firm entry in innovation and economic growth. His work is theoretical and integrative, firmly rooted in empirical observation of historical innovative processes, focusing on explaining “empirical regularities.” Klepper’s work integrates elements of traditional neoclassical models with evolutionary theory, bridging some of the gaps between neoclassical and evolutionary theory and between entrepreneurship research and mainstream economics.

In looking at the evolution of industries, Klepper explores regularities in the time paths of entry of new producers, exit of incumbent firms, industry output and price, and the rate of product and process innovation. To explain these regularities, he develops theories that feature differences in firm capabilities and the advantages of large firms in appropriating the returns from their innovative efforts. The theories are also used to explain differences in firms’ innovative efforts, the composition of their innovative effort and their innovative success.

His work is founded on systematic longitudinal empirical analyses requiring massive, detailed, and painstaking collections and analyses of historical data on firm entry, exit, size, location, distribution networks, and technological choices. The focus is on the function of new firms in industrial growth as well as the background and heritage of new entrants, particularly as reflected in spinoffs from existing firms.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Per Bylund  |  29 January 2011 at 8:09 am

    Obviously, Swedish = prestigious when it comes to academic awards. So saying it is Swedish and prestigious is a bit redundant. ;-)

  • 2. David  |  29 January 2011 at 8:18 am

    That is outstanding news. Steve is an interesting guy.

  • 3. Nicolai Foss  |  29 January 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Per: Read the heading of this post. Your comment is a bit redundant ;-)

  • 4. Avinash Mulye  |  29 January 2011 at 9:56 pm

    This is a great post. It opened new doors for me to study. I was already reviewing the work of Prof. Kirzner and Prof. Lerner and have become a fan but David Audretsch, Scott Shane are new additions into my list of people to follow.

    Thank you Prof. Foss.

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