Peter Thompson

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  • Professor of Organization & Management
  • Area Coordinator
  • Fax: 404-727-6313

Mailing Address:

1300 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322


Peter Thompson joined Goizueta Business School in 2011. Prior to joining Goizueta he was the chairperson of the Department of Economics at Florida International University, and prior to that he taught at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Houston, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Peter’s research, which includes both theoretical and empirical work, has covered a variety of fields, including endogenous growth theory, industry evolution, entrepreneurship, organizational learning, and medical decision making. Peter has taught courses covering most major areas of economics, at Ph.D., MBA and undergraduate levels.

Prior to his doctoral studies Peter worked as an economist for the British Government, stationed for five years in the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra. He has also worked as a consultant to water management districts in Florida, and as a farmhand.


  • “Stars and Misfits. Self-Employment and Labor Market Frictions” [with Thomas Astebro and Jing Chen], Management Science, in press.
  • “Entrepreneurs: Jacks of all Trades or Hobos?” [with Thomas Astebro], Research Policy, in press.
  • “Employee Spinoffs and the Choice of Technology” [with Jing Chen], Review of Economic Dynamics, 14:455–474 (June 2011).
  • “Learning by Doing.” Chapter 11 in the Handbook of Economics of Technical Change, edited by Bronwyn H. Hall and Nathan Rosenberg, North-Holland/Elsevier (March 2010).
  • “Desperate Housewives? Communication Difficulties and the Dynamics of Marital (un)Happiness,” The Economic Journal, 118:1640-1669 (October 2008).
  • “How Much Did the Liberty Shipbuilders Forget?” Management Science, 53(6):908-918 (June 2007).
  • “Submarkets and the Evolution of Market Structure” [with Steven Klepper], RAND Journal of Economics, 37(4):862-888 (March 2007).
  • Patent Citations and the Geography of Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from Inventor- and Examiner-Added Citations,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 88(2):383-389 (March 2006)
  • “Patent Citations and the Geography of Knowledge Spillovers: A Reassessment” [with Melanie Fox Kean]. American Economic Review, 95(1): 450-460 (March 2005).
  • “Selection and Firm Survival. Evidence from the Shipbuilding Industry, 1825-1914,” Review of Economics and Statistics, 87(1):26-36 (February 2005).
  • “Learning from Experience and Learning From Others. An exploration of learning and spillovers in wartime shipbuilding” [with Rebecca Achee Thornton], American Economic Review, 91(5):1350-1368 (December 2001).
  • “The Microeconomics of an R&D-Based Model of Endogenous Growth,” Journal of Economic Growth, 6(4):263-283 (December 2001
  • “How Much Did the Liberty Shipbuilders Learn? New Evidence for an Old Case Study,” Journal of Political Economy, 109(1):103-137 (February 2001).

Areas of Specialization

  • Organizational Learning
  • Technological Change
  • Industry Evolution
  • Entrepreneurship and Occupational Choice

Achievements and Honors

  • Kauffman Professorship, Florida International University, 2007-2008
  • NSF Grant to study industry and firm dynamics in 19th century shipbuilding, National Science Foundation SBR 9985962, June 2000-May 2003

Memberships and Activities

  • Associate Editor, Management Science
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Evolutionary Economics
  • Member, American Economic Association


  • Ph.D. Food and Resource Economics, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 1993
  • Master's Science in Agricultural Economics, University of East Anglia, UK 1985
  • Bachelor's Science in Agricultural Economcs, University of Reading, UK 1984