I found out this week that I won a Kauffman Dissertation Fellowship. $15,000 plus a trip to Orlando in January!
This is the abstract from my proposal. It still needs a lot of work:
This study will address the vital roles of university training and the institutional environment on the rate of entrepreneurship and performance of entrepreneurial ventures. We ask two related research questions utilizing national policy changes to examine: (1) What factors are associated with deciding to enter entrepreneurship?; and (2) What are the determinants of the returns to technical entrepreneurship in China? We survey alumni from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Tsinghua University, a prominent university focusing on engineering education in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).