Research

We seek to advance understanding in our core areas: innovation, trade and institutions.

Research Mission

At the Challey Institute, we are interested in understanding how innovation, trade and institutions affect economic opportunity and growth. We strive to produce peer-reviewed research that enables the discovery of new solutions to promote human flourishing.

Recent Research

American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey

Challey Institute Survey |  June 2021

The American College Student Freedom, Progress and Flourishing Survey is an annual survey conducted by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth. The survey assesses student perceptions about viewpoint diversity and campus freedom; human progress and beliefs about the future; and student attitudes toward entrepreneurship, capitalism and socialism, and how college is influencing their views.

An Analysis of a New American Entrepreneur Accelerator Program: Lessons for Fargo-Moorhead and Other Communities

Challey Institute Research Brief  |  April 2021

The first cohort of the New American Entrepreneur Program was conducted by the Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth at North Dakota State University in partnership with Fargo’s Emerging Prairie in 2019-2020. The purpose of this study is to analyze the efficacy of the NAE program, to examine participants' social network evolution, to understand the factors related to the NAE program which contribute to the success of new American entrepreneurs, and to provide practical feedback for future iterations of the program. 

Who Is Proud To Be An American?

Archbridge Institute Policy + Insights  |  December 2020

It is easy to tell a story of The United States as a deeply divided nation. Americans are a diverse group with major policy preference differences that can make it difficult to unite under a common vision of our country. Not to mention, we live in era in which outrage-driven cable news and clickbait social media provoke distrust and hostility towards those who have different social and political beliefs. But there is another story that deserves more attention. Despite the real differences that exist and the media outlets and platforms that often amplify and exaggerate them, most Americans are unified in their love of country.

How are attitudes toward entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial motivation affected by meaning?

Challey Institute Research Brief | June 2020

The Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth conducted a survey to explore American beliefs on capitalism, entrepreneurship, and the ability of these economic systems to solve important problems. A previous research brief highlighted our findings related to capitalism and capitalist solutions. This research brief describes our findings related to entrepreneurship's role in solving important societal problems and people's motivation to be entrepreneurs. 

Globalization, Global Supply Chain Disruptions, and COVID-19

Challey Institute Research Brief  |  June 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented disruption to the global economy and world trade. A new research brief by the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth shows that regardless of where shutdowns have occurred, the economic disruptions wrought by the pandemic will impact everyone. Tight linkages in global supply chains mean that circumstances in one country can cause economic harm in other countries. Moreover, the tight linkages in global supply chains magnify the negative consequences of trade barriers. This research brief shows the important mutual dependencies that exist as a result of tightly connected supply chains and the damage that can be created through trade barriers.

Does a feeling of meaning and purpose in life affect views toward capitalism?

Challey Institute Research Brief  |  April 2020

The Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation and Growth conducted a survey to explore American beliefs on capitalism, socialism, and entrepreneurship. The survey of more than 1,200 Americans reveals that existential health has a strong association with people's views on capitalism, socialism, entrepreneurship, and their abilities to solve important problems. This research brief focuses on our findings related to capitalism and capitalist solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

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