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Frank Fossen

Associate Professor of Economics, Charles N. Mathewson Professorship in Entrepreneurship


Frank M. Fossen is an Associate Professor of Economics and the Charles N. Mathewson Professor in Entrepreneurship at the Department of Economics at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a Research Fellow of IZA. Before joining UNR in October 2016, he was an Assistant Professor of Public Economics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

He received his PhD in Economics with distinction in 2008 and his habilitation in 2015 from Freie Universität Berlin. Before, he had studied at University of Karlsruhe and University of Toronto.

Frank Fossen works primarily in the fields of public and labor economics and applied microeconometrics. His main research interests are the economics of entrepreneurship and taxation. He published more than thirty research articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, European Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Journal of Financial Intermediation.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications:

Recent Working Papers:

  • Frank M. Fossen, Johannes König, and Carsten Schröder (2020): “Risk Preference and Entrepreneurial Investment at the Top of the Wealth Distribution,” IZA Discussion Paper 13951.
  • Ege Can and Frank M. Fossen (2020): “The Effects of Non-Compete Agreements on Different Types of Self-Employment: Evidence from Massachusetts and Utah,”IZA Discussion Paper 13414.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Alina Sorgner (2019): “New Digital Technologies and Heterogeneous Employment and Wage Dynamics in the United States: Evidence from Individual-level Data,” IZA Discussion Paper 12242.

Most of Frank Fossen's publications are available at Google Scholar or RePEc.

Recent Awards:

  • Junior Researcher of the Year 2019, Nevada Alpha Chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, The International Business Honor Society
  • Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award 2018, College of Business, UNR


Spring Semester

  • ECON/ENT 473/673: Economics of Entrepreneurship (cross-listed undergraduate and graduate course)
  • ECON 758: Empirical Public Economics  (graduate course)

Fall Semester

  • ECON 102: Principles of Microeconomics (undergraduate course)
  • ECON 743: Applied Microeconometric Methods (graduate course)

All syllabi and course materials are provided on WebCampus.