Call for Papers


6th IZA/Kauffman Foundation Workshop on Entrepreneurship Research

Organizers: Marco Caliendo (University of Potsdam and IZA), Alexander S. Kritikos (University of Potsdam, DIW Berlin and IZA), E. J. Reedy (Kauffman Foundation)
Location:Washington D.C., USA
Date:September 16 - September 17, 2015

Submission Deadline:April 30, 2015
Notification of Acceptance:May 15, 2015

Event Manager:

Viola Hartmann

About the Workshop

The aim of the workshop is to bring together leading scholars and emerging researchers working on topics related to entrepreneurship research. We invite contributions from various interdisciplinary backgrounds, as well as theoretical, empirical, laboratory, and field experiment-based research. This year’s workshop will focus on entrepreneurship in developed and developing economies and will be held at the Georgetown Center for Economic Research (GCER) in Washington D.C. The workshop will be followed by a policy panel on “Entrepreneurship in Developing Economies“ on Thursday evening to which all participants are invited to attend.

Examples of research topics of the workshop are:

  • Recent trends in entrepreneurship
  • Demographic aspects of entrepreneurship
  • Public policy measures to foster entrepreneurship
  • The process of firm entry, growth, survival and exit
  • Changing demographic implications for entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship and migration
  • Characteristics, skills and motivation of entrepreneurs
  • Decision making processes and occupational choice models
  • Risk and time preferences of entrepreneurs
  • Remuneration of entrepreneurs

The keynote lecture will be delivered by Antoinette Schoar, Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management and IZA Research Fellow. Her research interests span from entrepreneurship and financing of small businesses in emerging markets to household finance and intermediation in retail financial markets. She has published numerous papers in the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economic, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, or the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Her paper "The Effects of Corporate Diversification on Productivity" won the 2003 Journal of Finance Brattle Prize. She also received the prestigious Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship in 2009.


Researchers desiring to present their work at this meeting are encouraged to submit a complete paper or an extended abstract by April 30, 2015 using the online application form.

Papers have to be unpublished at the time of submission. Those authors who are invited to present their paper are expected to participate in the entire two-day meeting and also be willing to act as discussants. In the case of multiple authors, please indicate the corresponding author who would be presenting the paper. It is expected that about 12 papers will be accepted for presentation over the two-day meeting. Acceptance decisions will be announced by May 15, 2015.


Those authors who are invited to present are expected to participate in the entire 2-day meeting. Economy class airfares and 3 nights of lodging for presenting authors and discussants will be covered according to the standard IZA travel guidelines (for international attendees) and Kauffman travel guidelines (for domestic/US attendees).
Detailed information and the guidelines will be sent together with the confirmation mails.

Kindly note that tax regulations prohibit IZA from fully reimbursing the travel expenses of conference participants who combine their trip with other destinations or extend their stay beyond the four-day window surrounding the event. Those with questions or concerns should contact IZA event manager Viola Hartmann (hartmann@iza.org) in advance.