Frank Fossen

Professor of Economics, Charles N. Mathewson Professorship in Entrepreneurship
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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 the University of Karlsruhe and the University of Toronto.

Frank Fossen’s research covers the economics of entrepreneurship, public economics, labor economics, and applied microeconometrics. He has published 40 papers 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

  • Ege Can and Frank M. Fossen (2023): “Income Taxation and Hours Worked in Different Types of Entrepreneurship,” IZA Discussion Paper 16683.
  • Frank M. Fossen, Levent Neyse, and Carsten Schroeder (2023): “Does Cognitive Reflection Relate to Preferences and Socio-Economic Outcomes?” 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).

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


Fall 2023

  • ECON 743: Applied Microeconometric Methods (graduate course)

Spring 2024

  • ECON 758: Empirical Public Economics (graduate course)

All syllabi and course materials are provided on WebCampus.