The Review of Austrian Economics

, Volume 31, Issue 4, pp 457–465 | Cite as

A research agenda for disaster entrepreneurship

  • Daniel P. AldrichEmail author


This paper addresses questions raised by Storr, Haeffele-Balch and Grube in their book Community Revival in the Wake of Disaster: Lessons in Local Entrepreneurship (2015). I review the reasons why the book is timely, especially the rising number and costs of disasters globally and the shifting norms on the role of government in disaster management. Social capital serves as a critical engine for resilience to crisis, and I move to demonstrate its importance in the mitigation and recovery stages. Then, I raise a research agenda based on their writings, focusing on building quantitative evidence to match the qualitative data already gathered by the authors. Specifically, I focus on testing claims about the definition and density of entrepreneurs, the role of polycentricity, and the public policy pools that would build entrepreneurial talent in vulnerable communities.


Social capital Exit vs. voice Signal to noise Entrepreneurs Disaster Tohoku 

JEL classification

B53 D71 L26 Q54 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northeastern UniversityBostonUSA

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