City-REDI Seminar Series

University House - Room 108
Tuesday 22 January 2019 (14:00-15:00)

For more details please contact Sarah Jeffery or Stuart Mitchell for more information.

Exploring Entrepreneurship, Information and Growth - Professor Stephan Weiler, Colorado State University

City-REDI is delighted to invite you to the first in a series of seminars covering economics, economic geography, regional science, economic development, critical urbanism and urban policymaking. 

Unfortunately, Simona Iammarino from LSE can no longer give the seminar, so Prof Stephan Weiler, Colorado State University, and Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at City-REDI will be giving a paper on Exploring Entrepreneurship, Information and Growth. 

Details below. Please join us. Please pass on to others outside BBS who may be interested, and do encourage PhDs and Masters students to attend.


We examine the contribution to economic growth of entrepreneurial marketplace information within a regional endogenous growth framework. Entrepreneurs are posited to provide an input to economic growth through the information revealed by their successes and failures. We empirically identify this information source with the regional variation in establishment births and deaths. To account for the potential endogeneity caused by forward-looking entrepreneurs, we utilize instruments based on historic mining activity. We find that the information spill over component of local establishment birth and death rates have significant positive effects on subsequent entrepreneurship and employment growth for U.S. counties and metropolitan areas.


Stephan Weiler is currently Fulbright Distinguished Research Chair at City-REDI. He is also the Director of REDI@CSU, a research institute based at Colorado State University which aims to understand, analyse, and inform economic development strategies, particularly in struggling regions in both rural and urban areas, especially in Colorado. He holds the William E. Morgan Endowed Chair as Professor of Economics at Colorado State University. Stephan’s research, teaching and mentoring have spanned a variety of development and labour market issues in Africa, Appalachia, Europe, and the American West. His current work focuses on regional economic growth and development, particularly in rural and inner-city areas, combining theoretical, empirical, and policy analyses on topics such as information, innovation, industrial restructuring, land use, public/private partnerships, immigration, entrepreneurship, and the environment. 

This seminar will take place in Room 108, University House, University of Birmingham, 22 January 2019, 2 - 3pm

You can find directions to the venue here.