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Réka Zempléni

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Essays on Entrepreneurship and Development Economics

Graduate Student Fellowship | 2020 - 2021 Academic Year

Despite the plethora of existing research on entrepreneurship, finance, and human capital, there is a clear lack of information on why and how entrepreneurs choose to self-start, get funded, and train. Zempléni’s research aims to answer these questions by focusing on entrepreneurship in developing countries. She utilizes methods at the intersection of behavioral, experimental, and developmental economics to come to her conclusion.


Réka Zempléni, Department of Economics

Reka Zempleni

Réka Zempléni is a PhD student in economics. Her research is about understanding the role of opportunity entrepreneurship in contributing to growth in developing countries, and understanding the various factors that influence the potential of entrepreneurship such as behavioral factors, philanthropic and investing activities, education and institutions. Her previous work looked at the role of media bias on political outcomes and on civic engagement. Prior to Stanford, Zempléni received her undergraduate degree (highest honors) in economics, with minors in the Teacher Preparatory Program, and in environmental studies from Princeton University, as well as co-founded an educational non-profit in Hungary.

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