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Mehmet Tosun

Chief International Officer, Director of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship, Director of International Programs, Professor of Economics, Barbara Smith Campbell Distinguished Professor of Nevada Tax Policy


Dr. Tosun is the Barbara Smith Campbell Distinguished Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also a Professor of Economics and the Director of the Ozmen Center for Entrepreneurship and International Business Programs in the College of Business. He is a research fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA), an affiliate research fellow at the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, a research fellow at the Economic Research Forum (ERF) for Arab Countries, Iran and Turkey, and a fellow at the Global Labor Organization (GLO). He is an Associate Editor of Socio-Economic Planning Sciences. He is on the journal program committee of Przeglad Organizacji (Organization Review) in Poland and the topical advisory panel of Journal of Risk and Financial Management. He also serves on the faculty advisory board of the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Dr. Tosun received his Ph.D. in Economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research interests and expertise include public finance (particularly tax policy), regional economics, and economics of population and demography. He has published in such journals as the Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Oxford Economics Papers, National Tax Journal, Economics Letters, Applied Economics, International Tax and Public Finance, Journal of Regional Science, and Regional Science and Urban Economics.

He has done consulting for a number of national and international agencies, including the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.

Dr. Tosun received a number of awards including the Graduate Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award from the College of Business in 2019, the Global Engagement Award from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2018, the Dean’s Research Professorship Award in 2013, the Best Researcher of the Year Award from Beta Gamma Sigma (an international business honor society) in 2009, and the Middle East Economic Association’s Ibn Khaldun Prize in 2005. He was also the local organizer of the 72nd Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) which was held in Lake Tahoe in 2016, and the Anniversary Chair of the National Tax Association's 100th Anniversary Conference in 2007.

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Academic Publications

  • Tosun, Mehmet S. and Serhat Yildiz. 2022. “The Relationship between Tax Uncertainty and Trade Credit: Firm-level Evidence from the United States,” Applied Economics 54 (15): 1742-1758.
  • Mainali, Raju, Mehmet S. Tosun. Forthcoming. “Fiscal Decentralization, Intergovernmental Transfer Reform and Conflict in Colombian Municipalities,” Socio-economic Planning Sciences.
  • Sevindik, Irem, Mehmet S. Tosun and Serdar Yilmaz. 2021. “Local Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Indonesia,” Sustainability 13 (10): 1-15.
  • Huynh, Dat, Mehmet S. Tosun and Serdar Yilmaz. 2020. “All-of-Government Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: The Case of Vietnam.” Public Administration and Development. 40 (4): 236-239.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. and Serhat Yildiz. 2020. “How Does Aggregate Tax Policy Uncertainty Affect Default Risk,” Journal of Risk and Financial Management 13 (12): 1-17.
  • Poghosyan, Tigran and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2019. “Assessing Activist Fiscal Policy in Advanced and Emerging Market Economies using Real-Time Data.” Oxford Economic Papers 71 (1): 225-249.
  • Nichols, Mark W. and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2017. "The Impact of Legalized Casino Gambling on Crime." Regional Science and Urban Economics 66: 1-15. Also available as IZA Discussion Paper No. 7299.
  • Nichols, Mark W., Mehmet S. Tosun, and Jingjing Yang. 2015. "The Fiscal Impact of Legalized Casino Gambling." Public Finance Review 43 (6): 739-761.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. 2015. "Retiree Migration and Intergenerational Conflict." IZA World of Labor 118 doi: 10.15185/izawol.118.
  • Luitel, Hari and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2014. "A Reexamination of State Fiscal Health and Amnesty Enactment." International Tax and Public Finance 21 (5): 874-893.
  • Giertz, Seth and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2012. "Migration Elasticities, Fiscal Federalism, and the Ability of States to Redistribute Income." National Tax Journal 65 (4): 1069-1092. Symposium Issue.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S., Claudia Williamson and Pavel Yakovlev. 2012. "Population Aging, Elderly Migration and Education Spending: Intergenerational Conflict Revisited," Public Budgeting and Finance 32 (2): 25-39.
  • Pippin, Sonja, and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2012 "Political Economy of Taxing Services in the United States," Public Finance and Management 12 (1): 1-23.
  • Skidmore, Mark and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2011. "Property Value Assessment Growth Limits, Tax Base Erosion, and Regional In-Migration," Public Finance Review 39 (2): 256-287.
  • Hammond, George and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2011. "The Impact of Local Decentralization on Economic Growth: Evidence from U.S. Counties," Journal of Regional Science 51 (1): 47-64.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. and Serdar Yilmaz. 2010. “Centralization, Decentralization and Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa,” Middle East Development Journal 2 (1): 1-14.
  • Kahanec, Martin and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2009. “Political Economy of Immigration in Germany: Attitudes and Citizenship Aspirations,” International Migration Review 43 (2): 263-291.
  • Nichols, Mark and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2009. “The Income Elasticity of Gross Casino Revenues: Short-Run and Long-Run Estimates,” National Tax Journal 61 (4) Part 1: 635-652.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. 2008. “Endogenous Fiscal Policy and Capital Market Transmissions in the Presence of Demographic Shocks,” Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control 32 (6): 2031-2060.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. and Mark Skidmore. 2007. “Cross-Border Shopping and the Sales Tax: A Reexamination of Food Purchases in West Virginia,” The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy 7(1) (Topics), Article 63.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. and Sohrab Abizadeh. 2005. “Economic Growth and Tax Components: An Analysis of Tax Changes in OECD,” Applied Economics 37 (19): 2251-2263.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. 2005. “The Tax Structure and Trade Liberalization of the Middle East and North Africa Region,” Review of Middle East Economics and Finance 3 (1): 21-38.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. and Mark Skidmore. 2004. “Interstate Competition and State Lottery Revenues,” National Tax Journal 57 (2): 163-178.
  • Holtz-Eakin, Douglas, Mary E. Lovely and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2004. “Generational Conflict, Fiscal Policy and Economic Growth,” Journal of Macroeconomics 26 (1): 1-23.
  • (published previously as NBER Working Paper 7762)
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. 2003. “Population Aging and Economic Growth: Political Economy and Open Economy Effects,” Economics Letters 81 (3): 291-296. (also published in the Elsevier Volume New Developments in the Economics of Population Ageing, edited by John Creedy and Ross Guest)

Textbook and Professional Journal Publications

  • Tosun, Mehmet S., Pavel Yakovlev and Antony Davies. 2018. Principles of Microeconomics, Second Edition. Cognella Publishers. (the first edition of the textbook was published in 2015).
  • Olesinski, Ethan, Pawel Pietrasienski and Mehmet Tosun. 2020. “COVID-19 and Local Government Response in Poland,” Przeglad Organizacji (Organization Review). 10: 37-48.
  • Cunningham, Scott, Jaylin Hendricks and Mehmet Tosun. 2020. “State Tax Revenues and Organizations in the Midst of the COVID-19 Outbreak: A Comparison of Nevada to Other States in the Western United States,” Przeglad Organizacji (Organization Review). 3: 43-52.
  • Stowe, Stephen, Tom Gillaspy, Mehmet Tosun and Susan Rhodes. 2013. "Aging and Its Impact on Municipal Credit," (Fall). Municipal Finance Journal, 33 (3): 33-55.
  • Tosun, Mehmet S., Glen Atkinson and Tom Harris. 2009. "Commuting, Competition and Leakages at the Carson City-Douglas County Border in Nevada," (Spring). Economic Development Journal, 8 (2): 48-54.
  • Luitel, Hari and Mehmet S. Tosun. 2005. "West Virginia Tax Amnesty: An Evaluation of Costs and Benefits," (Summer). The West Virginia Public Affairs Reporter, 22 (1): 2-9. (Refereed)
  • Tosun, Mehmet S. 2002. "A Comparative Assessment of West Virginia's State Tax System," (Summer). The West Virginia Public Affairs Reporter, 19 (3): 2-7. (Refereed)


  • Ph.D. in Economics, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, (1996 to 2001). Ph.D. awarded 6/29/2001.
    • Dissertation Committee: Douglas J. Holtz-Eakin (Chair), Mary E. Lovely, Donald H. Dutkowsky, Gary V. Engelhardt, Stacy Dickert-Conlin
  • Research Fields: public finance (particularly tax policy), regional economics, and economics of population and demography
  • M.A. in Economics, Boston University, Boston, MA, U.S.A., 1994
  • B.A., in Economics, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, 1993