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Sameeksha Desai

Assistant Professor
Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies
(812) 855-0732
SPEA Room 227

Ph.D., George Mason University, 2008
M.S., George Mason University, 2003
B.A., Northwestern University, 2001

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, 2010-present
  • Associate Director, Institute for Development Strategies, Indiana University, 2010-present
  • Associate Fellow, Ratio Institute, Sweden, 2010-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Kauffman Foundation, 2009-present
  • Assistant Professor, Henry W. Bloch School of Business & Public Administration, University of Missouri, 2008-2010
  • Occasional Consultant, United Nations University – World Institute for Development Economics Research, 2008-2010
  • Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Economics, Jena, Germany. 2007-2009
  • Research Assistant, Center for Entrepreneurship & Public Policy, Fairfax, Virginia, 2003-2007

Awards, Honors & Certifications

  • Principal Investigator, global microcredit trends analysis, funded by the Microcredit Summit Campaign, 2012
  • SPEA Teaching Award, Graduate Instruction, 2012
  • Bosch Foundation Fellow, Transatlantic Policy Consortium, 2011
  • Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurship in Postconflict Recovery, funded by the Kauffman Foundation, 2010
  • Principal Investigator, Entrepreneurship in Iraq, funded by the US Army, 2008-2009
  • University of Missouri New Horizons Award, 2009
  • Best Paper Award (with Johan Eklund) Uddevalla Symposium, 2008
  • Fellowship in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, (Kauffman Foundation and Max Planck Institute), 2006-2008
  • Ratio Institute Grant Award, Colloquium for Young Social Scientists, 2007
  • Kauffman Foundation Fellowship, PhD entrepreneurship course
  • University of Paris Grant for the European School for New Institutional Economics, 2006

Professional Interests
Entrepreneurship, innovation and economic development policy; political economy and allocation of entrepreneurship in areas of political instability, conflict and disaster; postconflict reconstruction; social entrepreneurship

Current Projects

  • Market-Based Strategies in Postconflict Governance
  • Multi-level Shocks and Firm Performance
  • Terrorism and Industry Dynamics: Profit Persistence in South Asia Firms, with J. Eklund and V. Nadella
  • Terrorism and Firm Performance Across Countries, with J. Eklund and V. Nadella
  • Multilevel Institutions and Urban Entrepreneurship, with M. Belitski and D. Audretsch
  • Theorizing Destructive Entrepreneurship, with Z. Acs and U. Weitzel
  • Business Environment and Persistence of Profits, with J. Eklund
  • Political Conditions and Economic Organization: (In)formal Entrepreneurship, with P. Stenholm, S. Webeck and R. Wuebker
  • New Industry Creation and Originality: Insight from the Funding Sources of University Patents, with M. Guerzoni, T. Aldridge and D. Audretsch

Selected Publications
Short Vita

  • Desai, S., Acs, Z.J. and Weitzel, U. (accepted) “A Model of Destructive Entrepreneurship: Insight on Conflict and Postconflict Recovery,” Journal of Conflict Resolution.
  • Desai, S. (forthcoming) “Entrepreneurship and a Tale of Two Cities,” Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship.
  • Desai, S., Eklund, J., and Högberg, A (2011) “Pro-market reforms and allocation of capital in India,” Journal of Financial Economic Policy, Vol. 3 Iss: 2, pp.123 – 139.
  • Acs, Z.J., Audretsch, D.B., Desai, S. and Welpe, I. (2010). “On Experiments in Entrepreneurship Research” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 76: 1-4.
  • Weitzel, U., Urbig, D., Desai, S., Acs, Z.J. and Sanders, M. (2010) “Allocation of Entrepreneurial Talent and Other-regarding Behavior,” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 76: 64-81.
  • Acs, Z.J., Desai, S. and Klapper, L. (2008). “What Does Entrepreneurship Data Really Show?”. 2008. Small Business Economics, 31(3): 265-281.
  • Acs, Z.J., Desai, S. and Hessels, J. (2008). “Entrepreneurship, Economic Development and Institutions,” Small Business Economics, 31(3): 219-234.
  • Sany, J. and Desai, S. (2008). “Transnational Ethnic Groups and Conflict: The Zaghawa in Chad and Sudan,” Conflict Trends, 2008/2: 25-29.
  • Desai, S. (2006). “An Introduction to the Potential of Microfinance in Postconflict Economies” 2006, Journal of Insurance and Risk Management, IV(7): 199-210.
  • Desai, S. (2005) “Microfinance in Iraq,” Global Studies Review, Fall.