Panel: Policies to Promote Industry Emergence
(Innovations in Science and Technology)

Thursday, November 7, 2019: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Court 4 (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Organizer:  Paige Clayton, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Panel Chair:  Emily Nwakpuda, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Discussants:  Janet Bercovitz, University of Colorado, Boulder and Katie Woslager, Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade

The proven decline in US entrepreneurship rates ushers a renewed imperative to better understand the origins and development of entrepreneurship and emergent industries. This panel brings together scholars focused on the intersections of policy, regional development, and industry emergence. The recurrent theme throughout the papers is how government might stimulate innovation that promotes economic growth. Furthermore, the panel is centered on testing theories of innovation externalities and spillovers that foster industry and entrepreneurial development. The first paper seeks to understand why technological knowledge spillovers occur between different types of organizations within and across regions. The second paper employs a spatial-equilibrium endogenous growth framework in an effort to better understand the role of entrepreneurs in determining economic growth. The third paper uses innovative techniques to identify the role of spillovers in the historic advancement of a technology domain, specifically solar photovoltaic technology. The final paper investigates how professional networks help bio-scientists mitigate the negative effects of rules and regulations on their research activities, which are predominately federally-funded. Ultimately, the panel will provide new insight into how policymakers might influence the emergence and development of industries driven by entrepreneurship and new technological advancements.

Knowledge Spillovers Among Research Organizations in US Regions: Evidence of Industry Emergence
Paige Clayton1, Maryann Feldman1 and David Rigby2, (1)University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, (2)University of California, Los Angeles

Entrepreneurship, Information, and Growth
Stephan Weiler, Colorado State University

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