The Department of Political Sciences of the University of Bari Aldo Moro welcomes papers submission at the International Conference on Entrepreneurship and Economic Development: Assessing the Effectiveness of Public Policies to be held in Bari on 4-5 October 2018. The conference is organized in collaboration with the 'Associazione Italo-Americana American Studies Center'.

Entrepreneurial firms such as startups, spinoffs, and more generally small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) belonging to technology-intensive industries play a crucial role for economic development. New firms generate employment, value added and contribute to dissemination of ideas and innovation. The conference aims to provide academics, policymakers, and practitioners with a valuable forum for discussion on entrepreneurship as a driver of economic development and on the role of public policies to support entrepreneurial firms and SMEs. A special emphasis will be placed on venture capital and other external forms of financing, and on public policies supporting their implementation.


David B. Audretsch (Indiana University)

“Entrepreneurship Policies and Economic Development: The Role of Culture”

Luca Grilli (Politecnico Milano)

“Institutions, Institutional Change and Innovative Entrepreneurship”

Bronwyn H. Hall (University of California at Berkeley)

“Tax Policy for Innovation”

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

Public policies to promote entrepreneurship;
Public policies to foster innovation, knowledge transfer and R&D cooperation;
Public policies to support the establishment of regional venture capital funds as a mean to create an entrepreneurially led knowledge-based economy;
Appropriate funding schemes for entrepreneurship;
The role of stock markets to ensure growth and expansion of entrepreneurial firms and SMEs;
The role of universities in fostering entrepreneurship and new firm creation;
SMEs and debt finance;
Entrepreneurship, small business and economic development;
Factors influencing entrepreneurial activity: the role of individual characteristics, cultural and institutional contexts;
Drivers of small business performance: the role of innovation, R&D and managerial practices;
Family firms and managerial practices in small businesses.
Contributions concerning the Italian or American context, as well as international comparisons, are particularly encouraged. Theoretical and empirical papers are welcome.

Extended abstracts or full papers can be submitted to [log in to unmask] no later than July 30, 2018. Papers in a complete version have priority in the selection process. Authors will be notified of the decision by August 10, 2018. Thanks to sponsorship from the American Studies Center of Naples, the conference is free of charge, including meals and social events.


After the conference, a selection of high quality papers could be invited for consideration in a special issue of an international academic journal. The papers will follow the normal peer review process. Upon authors consent, presented papers will be included in the conference proceedings published via an academic publisher.

For more details, please visit the Conference website: <>
Scientific Committee: Maria Rosaria Carillo (Parthenope University), Alfredo Del Monte (University of Naples Federico II), Franco Malerba (Bocconi University), Luca Pennacchio (Parthenope University), Marco Sanfilippo (University of Bari and University of Antwerp), Alessandro Sapio (Parthenope University), Gianfranco Viesti (University of Bari), Alberto Zazzaro (University of Naples Federico II).

Organizing Committee: Alfredo Del Monte (University of Naples Federico II), Luca Pennacchio (Parthenope University), Marco Sanfilippo (University of Bari and University of Antwerp), Gianfranco Viesti (University of Bari).


July 30, 2018 Deadline for the submission of paper/abstract

Aug 10, 2018 Notification of acceptance to authors

October 4-5, 2018 Conference
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