Rajshree Agarwal

Rajshree Agarwal, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses her research on the implications of entrepreneurship and innovation for firm and industry evolution.

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Joe Bailey

Joe Bailey, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has research and teaching interests that span issues in telecommunications, economics, and public policy with an emphasis on the economics of the Internet. This area includes an identification of the existing public policies, technologies, and market opportunities that promote the benefits of interoperability. He is currently studying issues related to the economics of electronic commerce and how the Internet changes competition and supply chain management. Joe serves as the Executive Director of the Smith School’s QUEST undergraduate Honors Program as well as founding MQUEST, a similar program for graduate students.

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Jóhanna Kristín Birni

Jóhanna Kristín Birnir, based at the University of Maryland College Park department of Government and Politics, studies the effect of identity (ethnicity, religion, gender) on contentious political outcomes (elections and violence), and has done extensive fieldwork in the Andes and in South-East Europe. Jóhanna´s book Ethnic Electoral Politics examines the relationship between political access and minority strategic choice of peaceful electoral participation, protest or violence against the state. Her current project examines the relationship between identity (ethnicity and religion) and minority peaceful and violent political mobilization.

Serguey Braguinsky

Serguey Braguinsky, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has research interests in the fields of economics of entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth, and also in economics of incentives, institutions, and property rights. Has has written extensively about the Meiji-Era Japanese Cotton Spinning Industry. He was born in Moscow, the former Soviet Union, and educated at Moscow State University and has taught and studied in Japan.

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Christy Ford Chapin

Christy Ford Chapin based at the University of Maryland Baltimore studies twentieth-century political history. Her interests include political, business, and economic history as well as capitalism studies. Her book, Ensuring America’s Health: The Public Creation of the Corporate Health Insurance System, was published by Cambridge University Press in summer 2015. The book won the 2016 Ralph Gomory Prize from the Business History Conference. She is now at work on a new project, The U.S. Economy and the Emergence of Financial Capitalism.

Joonkyu Choi

I am an economist at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. My research interests are in the areas of macroeconomics, firm dynamics, and entrepreneurship. In a recent project, I have studied how better fallback options against business failure allow entrepreneurs to take larger business risks. I also studied how corporate lobbying affects resource allocation and job creation in the aggregate economy. I have received Dissertation Fellowship from Ewing Kauffman Foundation in 2016 and Ann G. Wylie dissertation fellowship from the University of Maryland in 2017.

Adina Dabu

Adina Dabu is based at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center. Her primary research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, the diffusion of management knowledge in less developed economies, the ethics of market processes, and qualitative methodology.

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Francesco D’Acunto

Francesco D’Acunto, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School, researches empirical corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance and innovation, and cultural finance. Has has examined issues such as about the impact Dodd-Frank legislation on the mortgage lending industry.

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Protiti Dastidar

Protiti Dastidar, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has interests in business globalization including multinationality and performance, liability of foreignness, merger and acquisition performance, and cross-border waves in mergers and acquisitions. As a consultant she provides strategic advice for leading companies and government agencies in Europe.

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C. Scott Dempwolf

C. Scott Dempwolf is Assistant Research Professor in the Urban Studies and Planning Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, and Director of the UMD – Morgan State Center for Economic Development. His research examines relationships between innovation, manufacturing and economic development in global and regional contexts. Scott practiced community and economic development for over 20 years at the neighborhood, city, county and regional levels prior returning to academia. Scott earned his PhD in Urban and Regional Planning at UMD; a Masters in Community and Regional Planning at Temple University; and a Bachelor’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Paul Dragos Aligica

Paul Dragos Aligica is a senior research fellow and senior fellow at the F. A. Hayek Program for Advanced Study in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Aligica specializes in institutional theory, public choice, social change, and Austrian economics. He has authored seven books. His recent book Institutional Diversity and Political Economy: The Ostroms and Beyond was published in 2014.

Christina Elson

Christina Elson, based at the Smith School, has a background in both Anthropology and Business. Her research interests focus on cultural identity and the reasons that teams and organizations flourish or fail. She uses tools such a Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, and Moral Foundations Theory to teach human-centered approaches to enterprise. Christina also serves and the Managing Director of The Ed Snider Center and Managing Editor of Snider Focus.

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Brent Goldfarb

Brent Goldfarb, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses his research on how the production and exchange of technology differs from more traditional economic goods, with a focus on the implications on the role of startups in the economy. He focuses on such questions as how do markets and employer policies affect incentives to discover new commercially valuable technologies and when is it best to commercialize them through new technology-based firms? Why do radical technologies appear to be the domain of startups? And how big was the boom?

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John Haltiwanger

John C. Haltiwanger, is a Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Maryland. He is also the first recipient of the Dudley and Louisa Dillard Professorship in 2013. He received his Ph.D. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1981. After serving on the faculty of UCLA and Johns Hopkins, he joined the faculty at Maryland in 1987. In the late 1990s, he served as Chief Economist of the U.S. Census Bureau. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau, and a Fellow of the Society of Labor Economics and the Econometric Society. He has played a major role in developing and studying U.S. longitudinal firm-level data. Using these data, he has developed new statistical measures and analyzed the determinants of firm-level job creation, job destruction and economic performance. He has explored the implications of these firm dynamics for aggregate U.S. productivity growth and for the U.S. labor market.

The statistical and measurement methods he has helped develop to measure and study firm dynamics have been increasingly used by many statistical agencies around the world. His own research increasingly uses the data and measures on firm dynamics from a substantial number of advanced, emerging and transition economies. His work with the statistical agencies has been recently recognized in his being awarded the Julius Shiskin Award for economic statistics in 2013 and the Roger Herriott Award for innovation in federal statistics in 2014. He has published more than 100 academic articles and numerous books including Job Creation and Destruction(with Steven Davis and Scott Schuh, MIT Press).

Kylie King

Kylie King is based at Champlain College. Her research interests include evaluating the impact of individual and team level variables on team constructs. Kylie formerly was Director of the Smith School’s QUEST Undergraduate honors Program.

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David Kirsch

David Kirsch, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, has research interests that include industry emergence, technological choice, technological failure, and the role of entrepreneurship in the emergence of new industries. In 2003, he co-authored an article on the Electric Vehicle Company that received the IEEE Life Members Prize from the Society for the History of Technology. He also is interested in methodological problems associated with historical scholarship in the digital age. He is building a digital archive of the Dot Com Era that will preserve at-risk, born-digital content about business and culture during the late 1990s.

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Brian Kogelmann

Brian Kogelmann, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of Philosophy, researches the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics. He is currently investigating the methodology and structure of public reason liberalism.

Vojislav (Max) Maksimovic

Vojislav (Max) Maksimovic, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, investigates how a firm’s organizational structure affects the flow of resources across its divisions. He has also worked on how competition in high technology industries determines the timing of initial public offerings. Maksimovic is interested in international finance, specifically in how a country’s legal and institutional environment influences the financing and investment by firms. Maksimovic’s research has been published in the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Rand Journal of Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

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Chris Morris

Chris Morris, based at the University of Maryland College Park Philosophy Department, investigates moral and political philosophy, practical ethics, legal theory, and the theory of practical rationality. Some of his current research develops the implications of his book An Essay on the Modern State for international affairs and world order and, in particular, legitimacy. Other topics he is interested in include justice and reasons for action and a number of questions about moral standing.

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Mircea Raianu

Mircea Raianu, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of History, studies the evolution of capitalism in modern South Asia. His primary research project charts the historical trajectory of Tata, India’s largest corporate group since the early twentieth century, from family firm to diversified industrial enterprise. More broadly, he is interested in the relationship between national and global markets, the development of infrastructure and human capital, and the ethics and politics of business activity in emerging economies.

Jeremy Reid

I work on the history of ethics and political philosophy, primarily in Greek & Roman philosophy. On the political side, I am interested in the development of constitutionalism, democratic theory, and the use of moral psychology and theories of character in political philosophy, particularly in non-ideal circumstances. On the ethical side, I have worked most on ancient theories of love, sex, and friendship. As somebody who is not yet a Sage, I am also interested more generally in how to progress towards virtue and what it means to have lower grades of virtue. I am at my happiest working on Plato and the Stoics (who are both fun and probably right), though I also have major research and teaching interests in Aristotle, Cicero, Hobbes, and contemporary virtue ethics.

Alberto Rossi

Alberto Rossi, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses his research on theoretical and empirical asset pricing, portfolio choice and financial econometrics. His recent work concentrates on networks, institutional investors’ performance, and the risk-return trade-off in financial markets. He also studies stock return predictability and commodity markets. Professor Rossi’s work has been published in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies.

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Felipe E. Saffie

Felipe E. Saffie joined the University of Maryland as an assistant professor in 2014, the same year he completed his Ph.D. in economics at the University of Pennsylvania. His primary research is in international finance and economic growth. His research focuses on the effects of international financial crises on aggregated productivity. In particular, he examines how drastic reductions on capital inflows (sudden stops) affect the creation and development of firms, scarring the process of productivity accumulation. Financial development is a key ingredient for understanding the transitory and permanent components of these episodes, as more developed financial systems are better able to allocate the scarce resources during crises. A secondary stream of research focuses on the determinants of capital misallocation in the economy. For instance, how rent-seeking behavior distorts the investment decision of firms by altering the effective corporate tax rate that they face

David B. Sicilia

David B. Sicilia, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of History, also is a Henry Kaufman Fellow, Center for Financial Policy, at the Smith School. His research and teaching centers on business, economic, and technology history and includes a special emphasis on the history of capitalism. Sicilia is known for his expertise in applying historical analysis to contemporary issues. His book, Greenspan Effect: Words that Move the World’s Markets, co-authored with Jeffrey L. Cruikshank, was voted a Library Journal Best Business Book of the Year. He is active in consulting and also frequently appears in local, national, and international print and broadcast media.

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Steve Sonka

Steve Sonka, is an eminent agricultural economist with extensive experience in innovation and development in the global agricultural sector. He is interested in big data and its potential to drive innovative change and enable decision-makers to better anticipate and understand the implications of innovation in the sector. He is the founding Director of the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss at the University of Illinois and is currently leading a multi-year Rockefeller grant to study these issues in Africa.

Evan Starr

Evan Starr, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, examines issues at the intersection of human capital accumulation, employee mobility, entrepreneurship, and innovation. A recent set of projects utilizing employee-employer matched data and survey data examined the use and impacts of non-compete agreements and their enforceability on the provision of firm-sponsored training, employee mobility and earnings, and on the creation, growth, and survival of new ventures. His work has been cited by President Obama’s White House in policy papers about non-compete agreements.

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David M. Waguespack

David M. Waguespack, based at the University of Maryland College Park Smith School of Business, focuses his research on non-market influences, such as social networks and political institutions, on innovation and venture performance. He pursues these questions in the domains of film production and distribution, internet technology development, international patenting, and environmental management.

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John Wallis

John Wallis, based at the University of Maryland College Park Department of Economics, researches the interaction of economic and political development, particularly in the case of the United States. His primary interest is in understanding why governments behave the way the do, with particular emphasis on the kinds of government policies that promote or retard economic development by applying tools of economic analysis, quantitative and theoretical, to the history of American government. Since the early 1990s, he has worked towards understanding early American government and the critical decades of the 1830s and 1840s.

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