NBER Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp

Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about entrepreneurship research for PhD students and young scholars/career academics. While the boot camp will hardly cover issues such as judgment and imagination, which we commonly research and talk about here at the McQuinn Center, it should provide a great overview of mainstream/mainline entrepreneurship research – particularly what Peter Klein (2008) calls the occupational and structural approaches.

Call for participants below the fold.

Call for Applicants
NBER Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp 2013

July 17 to Saturday, July 20, 2013, Cambridge, Massachusetts

The NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group is hosting the 6th Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp (ERBC). This intensive workshop provides an introduction into the leading research topics in the areas of the economics of entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial finance. The workshop is sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 17 to Saturday, July 20, 2013. Accepted students are also welcome to attend the NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group meeting on Tuesday, July 16.

WHERE: NBER, Cambridge, Massachusetts, US.

PROGRAM: The program will be taught by experienced and active researcher professors. Each day will have 6 hours of instruction. The preliminary line-up includes John Haltiwanger (Maryland), Thomas Hellmann (UBC), Erik Hurst (Chicago), William Kerr (Harvard), Josh Lerner (Harvard), Antoinette Schoar (MIT), Scott Stern (MIT) and John van Reenen (LSE).

FOR WHOM: The boot camp is meant to promote research interest in the areas of entrepreneurship economics and/or entrepreneurial finance. It is particularly well suited for PhD students in economics and finance, who are either considering, or already doing research in these areas. While the boot camp is primarily intended for PhD students, it is also suitable for post-docs and early-career assistant professors with an interest in these areas of research. The minimum requirement is that (by the summer) participants will have completed their first year of PhD course work. Participants are expected to carefully prepare for the workshop. In particular, they are expected to read a syllabus of over 50 papers prior to the boot camp.

COSTS: The ERBC is generously supported by a grant from the Kauffman Foundation. Participation is free and restricted to admitted applicants – no auditors will be admitted. Participants will be accommodated for four nights (five if also attending the NBER Entrepreneurship Working Group meeting). Travel expenses will be covered, provided they are in accordance with standard NBER procedures.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants will be selected on a competitive basis. Each applicant should submit an application containing the following items:
– A cover letter that includes complete contact information, as well as the name of the recommendation letter writer.
– A Curriculum Vitae of the applicant, together with a list of all current and completed PhD courses.
– A two-page essay that explains why the applicant wants to attend the boot camp. This should include a brief description of the applicant’s current and future research direction.
– One letter of recommendation from the applicant’s current or former PhD advisor. Letters of recommendation should be short (no more than 2 pages), they will be treated confidentially, and they can be sent separately from the applicants’ application.

The application package should be assembled into a single pdf and uploaded here: http://papers.nber.org/confsubmit/backend/cfp?id=ERBCs13

If the letter of recommendation needs to be sent separately, please email it to Brett Maranjian at maranjian@nber.org and she will add it to your application package.

The application deadline is Monday, April 1, 2013

Acceptance decisions will be made in early May. Accepted participants will be expected to come prepared by reading a syllabus of over 50 papers prior to the beginning of the ERBC.

FURTHER INFORMATION: For any questions concerning academic matters, please contact the academic coordinator:

Thomas Hellmann
University of British Columbia
Sauder School of Business
2053 Main Mall, Vancouver, BC,
Canada V6T 1Z2
Tel: (604) 822-8476


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