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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. More than 25 of his research articles have been published in peer-reviewed journals, including Economica, Economics of Education Review, European Economic Review, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and Small Business Economics.

Curriculum Vitae

Recent Publications:

  • Frank M. Fossen (2020): “Entrepreneurship over the Business Cycle in the USA: A Decomposition,” forthcoming in: Small Business Economics
  • Frank M. Fossen, Ray Rees, Davud Rostam-Afschar, and Viktor Steiner (2020): “The Effects of Income Taxation on Entrepreneurial Investment: A Puzzle?” forthcoming in: International Tax and Public Finance, DOI: 10.1007/s10797-020-09606-5.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Alina Sorgner (2019): “Digitalization of Work and Entry into Entrepreneurship,” forthcoming in: Journal of Business Research, DOI: 10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.09.019.
  • Robert W. Fairlie and Frank M. Fossen (2019): “Defining Opportunity versus Necessity Entrepreneurship: Two Components of Business Creation,” NBER Working Paper 26377, forthcoming in: Research in Labor Economics.
  • Nadja Dwenger, Frank M. Fossen, and Martin Simmler (2020): “Firms' Financial and Real Responses to Credit Supply Shocks: Evidence from Firm-Bank Relationships in Germany,” Journal of Financial Intermediation 41(1), DOI: 10.1016/j.jfi.2018.01.003.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Alina Sorgner (2019): “Mapping the Future of Occupations: Transformative and Destructive Effects of New Digital Technologies on Jobs,” Foresight and STI Governance 13(2), 10-18, DOI: 10.17323/2500-2597.2019.2.10.18.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Thorsten Martin (2018): “Entrepreneurial Dynamics over Space and Time,” Regional Science and Urban Economics 70, 204-214, DOI: 10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2018.04.004.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Viktor Steiner (2018): “The Tax-rate Elasticity of Local Business Profits,” German Economic Review 19(2), 162-189, DOI: 10.1111/geer.12123.
  • Frank M. Fossen, Lukas Mergele, and Nicolas Pardo (2017): “Fueling Fiscal Interactions: Commodity Price Shocks and Local Government Spending in Colombia,” International Tax and Public Finance 24(4), 616-651, DOI: 10.1007/s10797-017-9461-4.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Daniela Glocker (2017): “Stated and Revealed Heterogeneous Risk Preferences in Educational Choice,” European Economic Review 97, 1-25, DOI: 10.1016/j.euroecorev.2017.03.016.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Johannes Koenig (2017): “Public Health Insurance, Individual Health, and Entry into Self-employment,” Small Business Economics–An Entrepreneurship Journal 49(3), 647-669, DOI: 10.1007/s11187-017-9843-0.

Recent Working Papers:

  • 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, Levent Neyse, Magnus Johannesson, and Anna Dreber (2020): “2D:4D and Self-employment Using SOEP Data: A Replication Study,” IZA Discussion Paper 13180.
  • Marco Caliendo, Frank M. Fossen, and Alexander S. Kritikos (2019): “What Makes an Employer?” IZA Discussion Paper 12742.
  • 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


All course materials are provided on WebCampus.