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Thompson, Peter

Peter Thompson

Hal and John Smith Chair in Small Business and Entrepreneurship,
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Academic Area(s):
Functional Area(s):
Entrepreneurship and Occupational Choice
Organizational Learning
Technological Change
Industry Evolution
Ph.D. Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida, 1993
M.Sc. Agricultural Economics, University of East Anglia (UK), 1985
B.Sc. Agricultural Economics, University of Reading (UK), 1984

Peter Thompson joined Scheller in 2014. Prior to joining Scheller he served on the faculty at Emory, Florida International, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Houston.

Peter’s research, which includes both theoretical and empirical work, has covered a variety of fields, including endogenous growth theory, industry evolution, entrepreneurship, organizational learning, and medical decision making. Peter has taught courses covering most major areas of economics, at Ph.D., MBA and undergraduate levels.

  • “The Relationship Between Unit Cost and Cumulative Quantity and the Evidence for Organizational Learning-by-Doing.” Journal of Economic Perspectives, 26(3), (Summer 2012).

  • “Stars and Misfits. Self-Employment and Labor Market Frictions.” [with Thomas Astebro and Jing Chen]. Management Science,  57:1999-2017 (November 2011)

  • “Entrepreneurs: Jacks of all Trades or Hobos?” [with Thomas Astebro],  Research Policy, 40:637–64 (June 2011).  

  • “Employee Spinoffs and the Choice of Technology” [with Jing Chen], Review of Economic Dynamics, 14:455–474 (June 2011).

  • “Learning by Doing.” Chapter 11 in  the Handbook of Economics of Technical Change, edited by Bronwyn H. Hall and Nathan Rosenberg, North-Holland/Elsevier (March 2010).

  • “Desperate Housewives? Communication Difficulties and the Dynamics of Marital (un)Happiness,” The Economic Journal, 118:1640-1669 (October 2008).

  • “How Much Did the Liberty Shipbuilders Forget?” Management Science, 53(6):908-918 (June 2007).

  • “Submarkets and the Evolution of Market Structure” [with Steven Klepper], RAND Journal of Economics, 37(4):862-888 (March 2007).

  • “Patent Citations and the Geography of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Inventor- and Examiner-Added Citations,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 88(2):383-389 (March 2006)

  • “Patent Citations and the Geography of Knowledge Spillovers: A Reassessment” [with Melanie Fox Kean]. American Economic Review, 95(1): 450-460 (March 2005).

  • “Selection and Firm Survival. Evidence from the Shipbuilding Industry, 1825-1914,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 87(1):26-36 (February 2005).

  • “Learning from Experience and Learning From Others. An exploration of learning and spillovers in wartime shipbuilding” [with Rebecca Achee Thornton], American Economic Review, 91(5):1350-1368 (December 2001).

  • “The Microeconomics of an R&D-Based Model of Endogenous Growth,” Journal of Economic Growth, 6(4):263-283 (December 2001).

  • “How Much Did the Liberty Shipbuilders Learn? New Evidence for an Old Case Study,” Journal of Political Economy, 109(1):103-137 (February 2001).

  • Associate Editor, Management Science.

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Economics.