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David T. Robinson

James and Gail Vander Weide Distinguished Professor
Fuqua School of Business
Box 90120, 100 Fuqua Drive, Durham, NC 27708-0120
W403 Academic Center, Fuqua School of Business, Durham, NC 27708


David T. Robinson is the James and Gail Vander Weide Distinguished Professor at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business, and is the Research Director of Duke's Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative. He is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, with affiliations in the Corporate Finance and Productivity, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program Areas. At the NBER he is the co-director of the Entrepreneurship Working Group and the Academic Director of the Entrepreneurship Research Boot Camp, a Kauffman Foundation sponsored education project that brings PhD students from across the country to the NBER every summer to learn the latest research from the world's top scholars in entrepreneurship and innovation.  He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of private equity, venture capital and entrepreneurial finance. His work has appeared in leading academic journals in finance and economics and has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, Newsweek, and The Economist.

Professor Robinson earned a PhD and an MBA at the University of Chicago, a Master of Science at the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor of Arts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Stockholm School of Economics.  Prior to joining Duke University he was an Assistant Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia University.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

James and Gail Vander Weide Distinguished Professor · 2019 - Present Fuqua School of Business
Professor of Business Administration · 2009 - Present Fuqua School of Business
Core Faculty in Innovation & Entrepreneurship · 2018 - Present Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Initiatives

Education, Training & Certifications

The University of Chicago · 2001 M.B.A.
The University of Chicago · 2001 Ph.D.
London School of Economics (United Kingdom) · 1993 M.S.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill · 1992 B.A.