Indiana University



Distinguished Professor
Director, Institute for Development Strategies
Ameritech Chair of Economic Development

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1980
M.S., University of Wisconsin, 1979
B.A., (Magna Cum Laude), Drew University, 1976

1315 East 10th Street, SPEA Room 201
Bloomington, IN 47405

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David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he is also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He also is an Honorary Professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany and a Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London.

Audretsch's research has focused on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development and global competitiveness. His books include Everything in its Place: The Strategic Management of Cities, Regions and States with Oxford University Press in 2015 and The Handbook of Local Competitiveness, also with Oxford University Press in 2015. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the 2001 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research. In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate degree from the University of Augsburg, and in September, 2010 he received an honorary doctorate degree from Jonköping University. In 2011 he was awarded the Schumpeter Prize from the University of Wuppertal.

He is a member of the Advisory Board to a number of international research and policy institutes, including Chair of the the Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin (German Institute for Economic Analysis Berlin), Chair of the Stifterverband fuer die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Foundation for the Promotion of German Science), New York Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, and the Jackstädt Centre for Entrepreneurship in Wuppertal, Germany.


Professional Experience
  • Director, Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy Group Max Planck Institute of Economics, October 2003 - August 2009
  • Director, West European Studies, Indiana University, 2001 - 2004
  • Professor of Economics, Georgia State University, 1996 - 1997
  • Visiting Research Professor, Tinbergen Institute, The Netherlands, 1997
  • Acting Director, Wissesnchaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung,
    1989 - 1991
  • Research Professor, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung,
    1985 - 1997
  • Assistant Professor, Middlebury College, 1980 - August 1987
Awards, Honors & Certifications
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, Jankoeping University, Sweden, 2010
  • Named one of the top 45 ranked researchers in the Technology Innovation Management field by the International Association for the Management of Technology, 2013
  • Distinguished Professorship, Indiana University, 2008
  • Honorary Doctorate Degree, University of Augsburg, Germany, 2008
  • 21st Most cited Scholar in Economics and Business between January 1996 – June 2006, Thompson Essential Science Indicators, January 2007
  • 60 Most Influential Economists of all Time, 2007 book, Die Wichtigsten Wirtschaftsdenker by Verla Linß (Frankfurter Rundschau)
  • Alumni Achievement in the Arts Award, Drew University, 2006
  • Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research (with Z. Acs), 2001, ($50,000) by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research
  • Who’s Who in Social Sciences Higher Education, 2004
Professional Interests
Economic policy, entrepreneurship, innovation, globalization, regional economic policy, industrial restructuring and government policy, small enterprises in Europe and the United States
Current Projects
  • The Seven Secrets of Germany: Economic Resilience in an Era of Global Turbulence (with Erik E. Lehmann), under contract with Oxford University Press
  • Kiel Institute of International Economics, Kiel, Germany
  • Centre for Small Business and Regional Research
  • University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia
  • Center for Entrepreneurship, Durham Business School, Durham, England


09/19/14: Yahoo Finance interviews David Audretsch on the importance of entrepreneurship in US culture. Yahoo Finance: "Starting a Business Sparks Self-Fulfillment and Freedom for Americans."

09/01/14: The Cato Institute published David Audretsch's essay on entrepreneurship and growth. Cato Institute: "Entrepreneurship is the key to growth."

08/01/14: David Audretsch was interviewed by Richie Bernardo on about how cities can stay competitive. : "2014's Fastest Growing Cities."

05/01/14: +Negocios magazine intereviewed David Audretsch for a feature on entrepreneurship and innovation. +Negocios: "David Audretsch: Emprender con alto impacto."

04/24/14: David Audretesch participated in a panel event on encouraging entrepreneurship in Barranquilla, Colombia. El Heraldo: "Llamado para unir esfuerzos impulsar el emprendimiento en Barranquilla."

08/10/13: David Audretsch participated in a workshop on entrepreneurial opportunity at the Academy of Management. Organizations and Markets: "Entrepreneurial Opportunity—The State of the Debate and The Linkages to Management."

07/16/13: David Audretsch was quoted from his book "Neuroeconomics and the Firm." 6 Heads: "The Trojan Horse in Changing Business: Human Resources or Cognitive Neuroscience?"

07/06/13: David Audretsch discussed the importance of entrepreneurs as drivers of job growth.  The Republic: "Big Hopes for Small Business."

05/24/13: David Audretsch commented on his book Creating Competitiveness: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Policies for Growth. ElgarBlog: "Creating Competitiveness to spur Economic Performance: the Importance of Encouraging Entrepreneurship and Innovation."

02/15/13: David Audretsch was interviewed on the importance of university research for regional economic development. Sage Connection: "Universities as Engines of Regional Economic Development."

09/11/12: David Audretsch talked about the importance of small business perfermance as an indicator of economic recovery. The Seattle Times: "Company owners more upbeat about post-election biz."

05/06/12: David Audretsch shared his finding that over a quarter of top US scientists have started companies. The BBC: "US scientists who mean business."

01/24/12: David Audretsh noted the importance of entrepreneurship for economic growth. All Africa: "Gambia: Training Youth On Entrepreneurship."

06/15/11: David Audretsch, Sameeksha Desai and Dean Emeritus Charles Bonser took part in a ceremony for the signing of a new cooperation agreement between SPEA and Jönköping International Business School. Inside Indiana Business.

06/27/10: David Audretsch participated in a workshop on entrepreneurial capabilities hosted by the Amsterdam Center for Entrepreneurship. Organizations and Markets

6/21/10: David Audretsch talks about start up businesses as a significant result of university research in an Indiana University new release

6/7/10: David Audretsch quoted in Indiana University's Perspectives on Policy: "IU students get a front-row seat for the European financial crisis."

02/24/10: David Audretsch quoted in Star Tribune : "Grass isn't greener across the pond."

02/22/10: David Audretsch quoted in BusinessWeek on U.S. and European economic developments: "Obama Chases European Mirage That's Made in U.S."

02/22/10: David Audretsch offered his view of US and European innovation to Amity Shlaes. Bloomberg: "Obama Chases European Mirage That’s Made in U.S: Amity Shlaes."

03/11/09: As featured in Comunicati Stampa, David Audretsch participated in the "Festival of the City Enterprise" on the topic of Innovate to Beat the Crisis in Maniago, Italy in April.

02/18/09: Recently released book edited by David Audretsch: Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Public Policy. Cambridge University Press, 2009.

02/18/09: David Audretsch published The Entrepreneurial Society, a book about the history of entrepreneurship in the United States. Globalization, Entrepreneurship and Small Business: "The Entrepreneurial Society."

12/15/08: IDS Director David Audretsch cited in a Chicago Tribune article on "The cost of corruption"

12/14/08: David Audretsch remarked on how companies view corruption. The Chicago Tribune: "The cost of corruption."

12/11/08: David Audretsch's research on the linkage between cultural diversity and entrpreneurial activity was featured in finfacts: "German research shows cultural diversity generates knowledge-based start-ups."

10/28/08: David Audretsch cited in International Business Times regarding “eSilicon Accelerates Expansion in Europe"

10/09/08: David Audrestsch featured in the Bristol Business School Distinguished Professorial Address Series

09/13/08: David Audretsch cited in New York Times in “Economy to Entrepreneurs:  Turn Back"

08/22/08: David Audretsch interview with Vox on “Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy"

08/09/08: David Audretsch cited in a Newsweek article entitled “The Campus of the Future"

07/23/08: David Audretsch's book is featured in a Business Wire article, "Examine the Entrepreneurial Society as a Positive, Innovative Response to Globalism"

07/23/08: David Audretsch mentioned on iStockAnalyst in the article, "The New Three-Legged Stool of American Economic Growth."

David Audretsch awarded Honorary Doctorate from Jonkoping University in September, 2010:

Honorary Doctorate



Oxford Handbook on Local Competitiveness. Edited by David Audretsch, Albert Link, Mary Walshok.
Oxford Universtity Press. August 2015

Everything in its Place: Entrepreneurship and the Strategic Management of Cities, Regions, and States.
Oxford Universtity Press. March 2015

La Società Imprenditoriale
i nodi Marsilio Editori, April 2009
(Italian translation of The Entrepreneurial Society)

Entrepreneurship, Growth, and Public Policy
Cambridge Universtity Press 2009

The Entrepreneurial Society
Oxford University Press 2007

Other Publications


David Audretsch gives an interview to the Innovation Center on Entrepreneurship and Growth.

David Audretsch gives an interview in Italy on the motivation and fundamental characteristics of good entrepreneurs and how they motivate teams to acheive top quality and innovative performance.

David Audretsch speaks in Italy for the A. Merloni Foundation about the Role of the University in the Entrepreneurial Society:

David Audretsch is featured on the Italian television network TGR.

"The Entrepreneurial Society," Cornell University, October 5, 2007

View the first part of his lecture below. Transcripts of the entire lecture and more video clips can be viewed on Cornell University's eClips Web site.

"The Entrepreneurial Society," Erfurt School of Public Policy (ESPP), October 25, 2007

This first of four lectures is available below. Parts Two, Three, and Four are available by following the links provided.

ERSA Congress: New Challenges for European Regions and Urban Areas in a Globalised World Plenary Session 3 The Geography of Innovation:

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David Audretsch testifies before Congress on the impact of the Small Business Innovation Research Program:

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WFIU Interview with Owen Johnson


David B. Audretsch, Drucker Business Forum from Claremont Graduate University on Vimeo.

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