SOURCE: Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

January 10, 2011 08:00 ET

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

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

KANSAS CITY, MO--(Marketwire - January 10, 2011) - The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today the 2011 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. 8, at the Allied Social Science Associations' annual meeting in Denver, Colo.

"Kauffman funds emerging scholars to support our goal of promoting entrepreneurship as an important field of academic study," said Carl Schramm, president and CEO of the Kauffman Foundation. "It is our hope that these bright young scholars go on to teach and research entrepreneurship throughout their careers."

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 2011 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 cash prize, is awarded every two years to one scholar under age 40 whose research has made a significant contribution to the literature in entrepreneurship. More information on the Kauffman Prize Medal can be found at

The 2011 recipient, Alexander Ljungqvist, Ph.D., is the Ira Rennert Chair of Finance and Entrepreneurship at New York University. An expert in entrepreneurial finance, venture capital and private equity, Ljungqvist researches financial intermediation, investment banking, initial public offerings, behavioral corporate finance and corporate governance. Prior to joining the faculty at NYU's Stern School of Business, he held the Bankers Trust Fellowship at Merton College, University of Oxford from 1995-2000. Ljungqvist received his Master of Science in economics and business from Lund University in Sweden, and his Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in economics from Nuffield College at Oxford University. He has had visiting appointments at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management, London Business School, the University of Sydney and Cambridge University where he held the Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Fellowship.

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

The 2011 fellowship recipients, along with their university affiliations and the titles of their dissertations, are:

  • Lakshmi Balachandra, Boston College
    "Pitching Trustworthiness: Cues for Trust in Early-Stage Investment Decision-Making"

  • Shai Bernstein, Harvard University
    "Essays in Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation"

  • Michaël Bikard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "Essays on Entrepreneurship and the Commercialization of University Technology"

  • Huyen Curtis, University of Notre Dame
    "A Life-Cycle Model of a Faculty Entrepreneur: An Extended Examination of the Effects of the Bayh-Dole Act on Research Activities and Research Career"

  • Jonathan Goldberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    "Entrepreneurial Investment and Interest Rates"

  • Mitchell Hoffman, University of California, Berkeley
    "Essays in Applied Microeconomics"

  • Mauricio Larrain, University of California, Berkeley
    "Creditor Rights Reforms, Productivity, and Capital & Talent Reallocation"

  • Bogdan Prokopovych, University of Rhode Island
    "Three Essays on New Market Creation for Sustainable Technologies and Services"

  • Benjamin Pugsley, University of Chicago
    "Understanding Small Business Dynamics Through Household Tastes"

  • Olga Rostapshova, Harvard University
    "Micro-Entrepreneurs in Developing Countries: Measuring Returns to Capital, Determinants of Success, and the Role of Credit Constraints"

  • Erin Scott, Washington University in St. Louis
    "The Impact of Regulation on Entrepreneurship & Innovation: The Case of Bail Bonds"

  • Christopher Stanton, Stanford University
    "Entrepreneurship Through Online Outsourcing"

  • Ishani Tewari, Brown University
    "Is Small Beautiful? An Evaluation of India's Product Reservation Policy for Small-Scale Enterprises"

  • Xiahua (Anny) Wei, University of California, San Diego
    "Public Policy, Competition and Entrepreneurship in Network Industries"

  • Wen Wen, Georgia Institute of Technology
    "The Implications of Incumbent Intellectual Property Strategies for Open Source Software Adoption and Commercialization"

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 set to open in 2011. 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 and

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