January 2021

Economics of Entrepreneurship

Listed in: Economics, as ECON-453

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Jake Blackwood (Section 01J)


This course explores the economic importance of entrepreneurship, with a focus on recent empirical findings. We will study the roles entrepreneurs play in innovation, economic growth, and rising living standards, as well as determinants of entrepreneurial success such as finance, geography, and entrepreneur characteristics. The course will also cover implications for policy and explore recent patterns in entrepreneurial activity in the United States. Students will become familiar with key research findings on entrepreneurship, conduct research utilizing publicly available data on firms and workers, and identify real-world examples of course concepts.

January-term courses will be offered remotely.

Requisite: ECON 360/361. Limited to 15 students. January term. Professor Blackwood.


Attention to Research, Online Only


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, January 2021, Fall 2022