David B. Audretsch

Distinguished Professor
Ameritech Chair of Economic Development
Director, Institute for Development Strategies

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Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1980
  • M.S., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1979
  • B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Economics, Drew University, 1976


  • Capstone Course
  • Globalization and Public Policy
  • Metropolitan Development


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.


  • Honorary Doctoral Degrees from the University of Augsburg in Germany (2008), Jonköping University in Sweden (2012), University of Siegen in Germany (2018)
  • Eighth Most Prominent Economist (2009), Handelsblatt Economic Ranking, Germany
  • Distinguished Professorship (2008), Indiana University
  • Among the 60 Most Influential Economists of All Time in the 2007 book Die Wichtigsten Wirtschaftsdenker by Vera Linss (Frankfurter Rundschau)
  • 21st Most-Cited Scholar in Economics and Business, January 1996 - June 2006, Thompson Essential Science Indicators

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