David B. Audretsch

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

(812) 855-6766
Room Number:
SPEA 211

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


Dr. David Audretsch is a distinguished professor at SPEA and also serves as director of the SPEA Overseas Education Program, Ameritech Chair of Economic Development, and director of the Institute for Development Strategies. He is co-founder and co-editor of Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal and also works as a consultant to the United Nations, the World Bank, the OECD, the EU Commission, and the U.S. State Department.

Audretsch's research focuses on the links between entrepreneurship, government policy, innovation, economic development, and global competitiveness. His articles, mainly in the fields of industrial organization and innovation, number more than 100 have been published in journals such as the American Economic Review, the European Economic Review, the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Schmalenbach Business Review, and the International Journal of Industrial Organization.

Audretsch is a member of the advisory board to a number of international research and policy institutes, including chair of the the Deutsches Institut fuer Wirtschaftsforschung Berlin (German Institute for Economic Analysis Berlin), chair of the Stifterverband fuer die Deutsche Wissenschaft (Foundation for the Promotion of German Science), New York Academy of Sciences, the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, and the Jackstädt Centre for Entrepreneurship in Wuppertal, Germany.

He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Jonköping University in Sweden and University of Augsburg in Germany. He is an honorary professor of Industrial Economics and Entrepreneurship at the WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Germany. In addition, Audretsch serves as a visiting professor at the King Saud University in Saudi Arabia, honorary professor at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena in Germany, and is a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research in London. He was awarded the 2011 Schumpeter Prize from the University of Wuppertal and the 2001 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research by the Swedish Foundation for Small Business Research.


  • Highly Commended Paper Award (2013) and Citation for Excellence Award (2012), Emerald Literati Network
  • Eighth Most Prominent Economist (2009), Handelsblatt Economic Ranking, Germany
  • Distinguished Professorship (2008), Indiana University
  • One of the 60 Most Influential Economists of All Time in the 2007 book Die Wichtigsten Wirtschaftsdenker by erla Linß (Frankfurter Rundschau)
  • 21st Most-Cited Scholar in Economics and Business, January 1996 - June 2006, Thompson Essential Science Indicators

In the News

Selected Works

Related Links