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Mark Pingle

Professor of Economics, E.L. Cord Endowed Professorship in Entrepreneurship


Mark Pingle has a joint University appointment as a professor of entrepreneurship and professor of economics. Professor Pingle has scores of publications in macroeconomics, behavioral economics, and experimental economics. He has served as Chair of the University Department of Economics and president of the International Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics. Desiring to more personally facilitate economic development in Northern Nevada, he shifted a large portion of his efforts toward the development of entrepreneurial talent. He spearheaded the effort to create the entrepreneurship program at University of Nevada, Reno, subsequently spearheaded the creation of the community Entrepreneurship Nevada effort, and remains devoted to seeing entrepreneurial capacities developed at the University and in the community.

Recent Research

  • Religion and Faith: A decision theory perspective
  • Ambiguity, Pessimism, and Religious Choice
  • The rise of private money as a competing medium of exchange
  • Patience versus decisiveness in decision-making
  • Deliberation cost as a foundation for behavioral economics

Courses Taught

  • Entrepreneurship Program
  • ECON 103
  • HON 220
  • ECON 703
  • BADM 730
  • BADM 791


  • B.S. in Economics, Southern Oregon State College, 1983
  • M.A. in Economics, University of Southern California, 1984
  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of Southern California, 1988