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Lauren Lanahan

Associate Professor of Management | Inman Research Scholar

Affiliations: Management, Lundquist Center for Entrepreneurship, Undergraduate Programs
Phone: 541-346-3140
Office: Anstett 397B



Lauren Lanahan is an associate professor in the Department of Management at the Lundquist College of Business. Her research investigates the role of public institutions in understanding the evolving, multifaceted research and development enterprise. Lanahan's research has been published in a variety of outlets including Organization Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Research Policy.

Lanahan received her PhD and MA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After earning a bachelor's degree, she worked at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Social and Economic Sciences.

Degree History:
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2015
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013
  • BA, Reed College, 2006
Honors and Awards:
  • Inman Research Scholar, 2022–2023
  • Stewart Distinguished Faculty Award, 2022

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Areas of Expertise

  • High-tech ventures
  • Research and development
  • Institutions
  • Public policy

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Current Projects


  • Emerging Researchers on the Path to Innovation (co-PI, NSF SciSIP Grant)
  • The Role of Local Governments in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems (co-PI, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation Grant)

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Journal Articles:

Graddy-Reed, Alexandra, and Lauren Lanahan. "Prioritizing Diversity? The Allocation of U.S. Federal R&D Funding." Science and Public Policy 50, no. 1: 104-119.

February 2023

Myers, Kyle R., and Lauren Lanahan. "Estimating Spillovers from Publicly Funded R&D: Evidence from the U.S. Department of Energy." American Economic Review 112, no. 7: 2393-2423.

July 2022

Lanahan, Lauren, Daniel Erian Armanios, and Amol M. Joshi. "Inappropriateness Penalty, Desirability Premium: What Do More Certifications Actually Signal?" Organization Science 33, no. 2: 854-871.

March 2022

Johnson, Evan, Iman Hemmatian, Lauren Lanahan, and Amol M. Joshi. "A Framework and Databases for Measuring Entrepreneurial Ecosystems." Research Policy 51, no. 2.

March 2022

Clayton, Paige, Lauren Lanahan, and Andrew Nelson. "Dissecting Diffusion: Tracing The Plurality of Factors That Affect Knowledge Diffusion." Research Policy 51, no. 1.

January 2022

Lanahan, Lauren, Amol M. Joshi, and Evan Johnson. "Do Public Research Subsidies Produce Jobs? Evidence from the SBIR/STTR Program." Research Policy 50, no. 7.

September 2021

Graddy-Reed, Alexandra, Lauren Lanahan, and Jesse D'Agostino. "Training across the Academy: The Impact of R&D Funding on Graduate Students." Research Policy 50, no. 5.

June 2021

Armanios, Daniel Erian, Lauren Lanahan, and Dian Yu. "Varieties of Local Government Experimentation: U.S. State-Led Technology-Based Economic Development Policies, 2000-2015." Academy of Management Discoveries 6, no. 2: 266-299.

June 2020

Graddy-Reed, Alexandra, Lauren Lanahan, and Jonathan Eyer. "Gender Discrepancies in Publication Productivity of High-Performing Life Science Graduate Students." Research Policy 48, no. 9.

November 2019

Lanahan, Lauren, and Maryann P. Feldman. "Approximating Exogenous Variation in R&D: Evidence from the Kentucky and North Carolina SBIR State Match Programs." Review of Economics and Statistics 100, no. 4: 740-752.

October 2018

Graddy-Reed, Alexandra, Lauren Lanahan, and Nichole Ross. "The Effect of R&D Investment on Graduate Student Productivity: Evidence from the Life Sciences." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 37, no. 4: 809-834.

September 2018

Lanahan, Lauren, and Daniel Armanios. "Does More Certification Benefit a Venture?" Organization Science 29, no. 5: 931-947.

September 2018

Graddy-Reed, Alexandra, Lauren Lanahan, and Nicole M. V. Ross, "Influences of Academic Institutional Factors on R&D Funding for Graduate Students." Science and Public Policy 44, no. 6: 834-854.

October 2017

Lanahan, Lauren, Alexandra Graddy-Reed, Maryann P. Feldman. "The Domino Effects of Federal Research Funding." Plos ONE 11, no. 6: e0157325.

June 2016

Moulton, Jeremy G., Alexandra Graddy-Reed, and Lauren Lanahan. "Beyond the EITC:The Effect Of Reducing the Earned Income Tax Credit on Labor Force Participation." National Tax Journal 69, no. 2: 261-284.

June 2016

Lanahan, Lauren "Multilevel Funding for Small Business Innovation: A Critical Review of State SBIR Match Programs." The Journal of Technology Transfer 41, no. 2: 220-249.

April 2016

Feldman, Maryann P., Theodora Hadjimichael, Lauren Lanahan, and Tom Kemeny. "The Logic of Economic Development: A Definition and Model for Investment." Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy 34, no. 1: 5-21.

February 2016

Lanahan, Lauren, and Maryann P. Feldman. "Multilevel Innovation Policy Mix: A Closer Look at State Policies That Augment the Federal SBIR Program." Research Policy 44, no. 7: 1387-1402.

September 2015

Feldman, Maryann P., Lauren Lanahan, Iryna V. Lendel. "Experiments in the Laboratories of Democracy: State Scientific Capacity Building." Economic Development Quarterly 28, no. 2: 107-31.

May 2014
Book Chapters:

Hardin, J., L. Lanahan,and L. Brun. "Assessing State-level Science and Technology Policies: North Carolina's Experience with SBIR State Matching Grants." In Oxford University Handbook of Local Competitiveness, edited by David A. Audretsch, Albert N. Link, and Mary Lindenstein Walshok, 385-400. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

August 2015

Feldman, M. P., and L. Lanahan. "Crafting a Comeback: Innovation and Entrepreneurship as an Economic Development Strategy in Mature Regions." In Handbook of Manufacturing Industries in the World Economy, edited by J. R. Bryson, Jennifer Clark, and Vida Canchan, 451-473. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

June 2015

Feldman, M. P. and L. Lanahan. "State Science Policy Experiments." In The Changing Frontier: Rethinking Science and Innovation Policy, edited by Adam B. Jaffe, and Bengamin F. Jones, 287-317. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

August 2014

Feldman, M. P., A. Freyer, and L. Lanahan. "On the Measurement of University Research Contributions to Economic Growth and Innovation." In Universities and Colleges as Economic Drivers: Measuring Higher Education’s Role in Economic Development, edited by Jason E. Lane, and D. Bruce Johnstone, 97-128. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.

November 2012

Feldman, M. P., L. Lanahan, and J.M. Miller. "Inadvertent Infrastructure and Regional Entrepreneurship Policy." In The Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, edited by Michael Fritsch, 216-251. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar.

December 2011

Feldman, Maryann P., Scott Stern, Yael Hochberg, Amol M. Joshi, Riitta Katila, Lauren Lanahan, Matt Marx, Alexander Oettl, Winslow Sargeant, Stephanie S. Shipp, and Timothy Simcoe. Review of the SBIR and STTR Programs at the National Science Foundation. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

January 2023

In the News

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Management professor Lauren Lanahan's research focuses on the intersection of institutions and the production of new scientific knowledge, entrepreneurship, and economic growth.