A research agenda for disaster entrepreneurship


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.

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Aldrich, D.P. A research agenda for disaster entrepreneurship. Rev Austrian Econ 31, 457–465 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11138-017-0393-0

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

JEL classification

  • B53
  • D71
  • L26
  • Q54