Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Maastricht University

Academia and Entrepreneurship

The academic interest regarding the field of Entrepreneurship is ever growing. During this academic colloquium we invite 4 experts in the field to present their latest contributions to the ever growing body of entrepreneurship literature. These experts are Kathryn Shaw (Stanford Business School), Morten Bennendsen (INSEAD Paris), Mirjam van Praag (Universiteit van Amsterdam), and Yona Rubinstein (London School of Economics). The format of all presentation is 30 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of discussion, split up in 5 minutes for the discussant and 10 minutes for general discussion.


09.15 – 09.30 Reception
09.30 – 09.45 Welcome and Opening Remarks
09.45 – 10.30 Kathryn Shaw Spurring Serious Small-Scale Entrepreneurship: A Policy Experiment to Lower Entry Cost (Discussant Beyers Louw)
10.30 – 11.15 Morten Bennedsen: t.b.a. (Discussant t.b.a.)
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.15 Mirjam van Praag: Mind the Gap: The role of Gender in Entrepreneurial Career Choice and Social Influence by Founders (Discussant Kasia Grabska)
12.15 – 13.00 Yona Rubinstein: Selection into Entrepreneurship and Self-Employment (Discussant Bart de Koning)
13.00 – 13.30 Ending and Lunch


Kathryn Shaw

Kathryn Shaw is the Ernest C. Arbuckle Professor of Economics at the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University. Previously, Shaw was the Ford Distinguished Research Chair and Professor of Economics at the business school at Carnegie Mellon University. She completed her PhD in economics at Harvard University in 1981. Professor Shaw served as a Senate-confirmed Member of President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers, 1999-2001, and has been an editor of the Journal of Labor Economics.

Morten Bennedsen

Morten Bennedsen is the André and Rosalie Hoffmann Chaired Professor of Family Enterprise at INSEAD and the Academic Director of the Wendel International Centre for Family Enterprise. He obtained his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1998, a Master’s degree with distinction from London School of Economics, and a Bachelor Degree from the University of Copenhagen. His area of teaching includes family business governance, corporate governance, applied microeconomics, and firm theory.

Mirjam van Praag

Mirjam van Praag is a chairperson of the Executive Board of the VU University Amsterdam. She studied econometrics at the University of Amsterdam. She obtained her PhD at the same university. In 2005, she became professor of Entrepreneurship and Organization. She was the founder and director of the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship (ACE) of the UvA, VU and HvA. In 2014, she became professor of Entrepreneurship at the Copenhagen Business School. In addition to her professorships, Van Praag held a number of additional positions. Among other things, she was a crown member of the Social and Economic Council (2010 – 2018).

Yona Rubinstein

Professor Rubinstein joined the Department of Management at the London School of Economics and Political Science in August 2011, having previously held positions at Brown University, the Eitan Berglas School of Economics and the University of Chicago. Professor Rubinstein works at the frontiers of multiple fields in Economics, including labour economics and international trade and entrepreneurship, and he has regularly published in leading Economics journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics and the Review of Economics Studies.


Maastricht University, School of Business and Economics
Tongersestraat 53, 6211LM Maastricht


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