The Regional Research Institute is delighted to announce its Spring 2019 visiting speaker lineup. This lineup is so outstanding that we wanted to give you plenty of advance notice to mark your calendars accordingly!

Our remaining speakers, in order of their visits, are David Audretsch, and Sergio Rey. 

In addition to their seminars, we will be planning additional opportunities for faculty and students to meet and interact with our speakers


David B. Audretsch

Thursday, March 28, 2019, 325 Brooks Hall,

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Dr. David B. Audretsch, Distinguished Professor, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development

Entrepreneurship and Regional Policy: The Role of Culture

“Entrepreneurship and Regional Policy: The Role of Culture”

Dr. David Audretsch is a Distinguished Professor and the Ameritech Chair of Economic Development at Indiana University, where he also serves as Director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He 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. He is co-author of The Seven Secrets of Germany, published by Oxford University Press. He is co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. He was awarded the Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum (Entreprenörskapsforum). He has received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Augsburg in Germany and Jonköping University in Sweden. Audretsch was also awarded the Schumpeter Prize from the University of Wuppertal in Germany.

Audretsch has served as an advisory board member to a number of international research and policy institutes, including Chair of the Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin (German Institute for Economic Analysis Berlin); Chair of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Foundation for the Promotion of German Science) in Berlin, Germany; the Center for European Economic Research (Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung) in Mannheim, Germany; National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine; New York Academy of Sciences; the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum in Stockholm, Sweden; and the Jackstädt Centre for Entrepreneurship in Wuppertal, Germany.

Entrepreneurship and Regional Policy: The Role of Culture

Abstract: Entrepreneurship and Regional Policy: The Role of Culture
While a rich body of empirical studies has emerged focusing on specific policy instruments targeted to foster entrepreneurial activity, less attention has been paid to the policy context. The purpose of this presentation is to suggest that not only does the context matter for the efficacy of entrepreneurship policies, but in particular, the cultural context. While most studies and policy makers pose the question, “Which policies are most effective in fostering entrepreneurship and ultimately economic development,” this presentation considers the policy context by instead asking, “Under which cultural contexts will entrepreneurship policies be more effective and under which cultural contexts will entrepreneurship policies be less effective?”

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Sergio Rey

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 325 Brooks Hall, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Dr. Sergio Rey, Professor of Public Policy and Director, University of California, Riverside

Dr. Rey founded the Center for Geospatial Sciences at the University of California, Riverside and is a recognized leader in the movement to develop open source GIS and spatial analytical software. He is the creator and lead developer of the open source package STARS: Space-Time Analysis of Regional Systems, and the co-founder and lead developer of PySAL: An Open-Source Spatial Analysis Library written in Python. Because the library can be used with other software projects, PySAL has been downloaded by thousands of researchers and programmers and is recognized as an invaluable tool to facilitate spatial analysis both in the open source as well as in the commercial world.

His biography lists his research interests as focusing on the development, implementation, and application of advanced methods of spatial and space-time data analysis while his substantive foci include regional inequality, convergence and growth dynamics as well as neighborhood change, segregation dynamics, spatial criminology and industrial networks. He is an elected fellow of both the Regional Science Association International and the Spatial Econometrics Association. Additionally, he is the founding director for the Center for Geospatial Sciences at the University of California, Riverside. The Center focuses on fundamental research in spatial analysis, open source software and open science, collaborative interdisciplinary research, and dissemination and training.

He has earned some high-profile awards in his field, including the Geoffrey J.D. Hewings award for young scholars who have made distinguished contributions to regional science.  He also has earned the David Boyce Award for his service to regional science and was presented with the Outstanding Service Award from the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Spatial Analysis and Modeling Specialty Group. This year, he gave the Spatial Economic Analysis Plenary Lecture at the European Regional Science Association meeting.

He is editor of the International Regional Science Review and of Geographical Analysis. He has given more than 200 presentations and guest lectures and has made nearly 1,000 contributions in the past year to PySAL. He has published more than 120 articles in academic journals and has been cited 7,662 times, and Google Scholar has ranked him in the top 5% of cited authors He currently has nearly $1M in research grants from the National Science Foundation.

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