Ruta Aidis

George Mason University, USA

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IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Senior Fellow, Schar School for Policy and Government, George Mason University; CEO and Founder, ACG Inc.

Research interest

Small and medium-size enterprise development (SMEs), entrepreneurship and public policy, female entrepreneurship development, international development, gender issues, economic and institutional development, migration issues, entrepreneurship education and training, quantitative and qualitative methodologies.

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant, UN High Level Panel on Women’s Economic Empowerment; Consultant, DFID, UK

Past positions

Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Entrepreneurship and Governance, University College London, 2003–2006; Summer School Assistant Professor, London School of Economics, 2005; Assistant Professor, Maastricht School of Management, 1995–2000.


PhD Economics, Tinbergen Institute and the University of Amsterdam, 2003

Selected publications

  • “Mapping the gendered ecosystem: The evolution of measurement tools for comparative high-impact female entrepreneur development.” International Journal for Gender and Entrepreneurship (Forthcoming) (with J. Weeks).

  • “Size matters: Entrepreneurial entry and government.” Small Business Economics 39 (2012): 119–139 (with S. Estrin and T. Mickiewicz).

  • “Institutions and entrepreneurship development in Russia: A comparative perspective.” Journal of Business Venturing 23 (2008): 656-672 (with S. Estrin and T. Mickiewicz).

  • “Illegal entrepreneurship experience: Does it make a difference for business performance?” Journal of Business Venturing 22:2 (2007): 283–310 (with M. van Praag).