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Frank Fossen

Professor of Economics, Charles N. Mathewson Professorship in Entrepreneurship


Frank M. Fossen is a 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 the University of Nevada, Reno in October 2016, he was an Assistant Professor of Public Economics at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany.

He received his Ph.D. 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’s research covers the economics of entrepreneurship, public economics, labor economics, and applied microeconometrics. He has published more than 35 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.

CV and list of publications

Refereed journal publications since 2020:

Recent working papers:

  • Levent Neyse, Frank M. Fossen, Magnus Johannesson, and Anna Dreber (2022): “Cognitive Reflection and 2D:4D: Evidence from a Large Population Sample,” available at SSRN.
  • Frank M. Fossen, Md Mobarak Hossain, Sankar Mukhopadhyay, and Peter Toth (2021): “The Cost of Health Insurance and Entry into Entrepreneurship,” IZA Discussion Paper 14891.
  • Frank M. Fossen and Stela Ivanova (2021): “Obesity and Self-Employment: Health and Social Mechanisms of the Transition to Self-Employment,” Academy of Management Annual Meeting Proceedings (abstract).
  • 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.

Most of Frank Fossen's publications can be downloaded from Google Scholar or RePEc.


In the 2022 fall semester and the 2023 spring semester, I will be on research sabbatical leave and will not offer courses.

Spring 2022

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

Fall 2021

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

All syllabi and course materials are provided on WebCampus.