Frank M. Fossen
Research Fellow

IZA Logo
too h Fossen 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. Before joining UNR in October 2016, he was an Assistant Professor of Economics with a Focus on Public Economics at Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany. He is a Research Fellow of DIW Berlin and joined IZA as a Research Fellow in October 2010.

He received his PhD in Economics with distinction in 2008, a positive evaluation as Assistant Professor in 2014, and his habilitation in 2015 at Freie Universitaet Berlin. Before, he had studied at University of Karlsruhe and University of Toronto and graduated as Diplom-Wirtschaftsingenieur (equiv. M.Sc. Industrial Engineering and Economics).

Frank Fossen is an empirical applied microeconomist in the areas of public economics, labor economics, financial economics, and applied microeconometrics. From these perspectives, he investigates the economics of entrepreneurship, small business finance, taxation, and education. More than 20 of his research articles have been accepted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, including Economica, Economics of Education Review, European Economic Review, International Tax and Public Finance (3x), Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, Regional Science and Urban Economics, and Small Business Economics (3x).
  Email | CV
IZA Discussion Papers:
No. Author(s)
8816  Frank M. Fossen
Johannes König
Public Health Insurance and Entry into Self-Employment
(revised version published in: Small Business Economics, 2017, 49 (3), 647-669)
7950  Frank M. Fossen
Daniela Glocker
Stated and Revealed Heterogeneous Risk Preferences in Educational Choice
(revised version published in: European Economic Review, 2017, 97, 1-25.)
6819  Frank M. Fossen
Tobias J. M. Büttner
The Returns to Education for Opportunity Entrepreneurs, Necessity Entrepreneurs, and Paid Employees
(revised version published in: Economics of Education Review, 2013, 37, 66-84)
5566  Marco Caliendo
Frank M. Fossen
Alexander S. Kritikos
Personality Characteristics and the Decision to Become and Stay Self-Employed
(revised version published in: Small Business Economics, 2014, 42 (4), 787-814)
5459  Frank M. Fossen
Personal Bankruptcy Law, Wealth and Entrepreneurship: Theory and Evidence from the Introduction of a "Fresh Start"
(revised version published in: American Law and Economics Review, 2014, 16 (1), 269-312)
5370  Marco Caliendo
Frank M. Fossen
Alexander S. Kritikos
Trust, Positive Reciprocity, and Negative Reciprocity: Do These Traits Impact Entrepreneurial Dynamics?
(published in: Journal of Economic Psychology, 2012, 33 (2), 394-409)
This paper has repeatedly been among the Top 10 monthly downloads. 
Marco Caliendo
Frank M. Fossen
Alexander S. Kritikos
The Impact of Risk Attitudes on Entrepreneurial Survival
(revised version published in: Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2010, 76 (1), 45-63)
2168  Marco Caliendo
Frank M. Fossen
Alexander S. Kritikos
Risk Attitudes of Nascent Entrepreneurs: New Evidence from an Experimentally-Validated Survey
(revised version published in: Small Business Economics, 2009, 32 (2), 153-167)
2164  Frank M. Fossen
Viktor Steiner
Income Taxes and Entrepreneurial Choice: Empirical Evidence from Germany
(revised version published in: Empirical Economics, 2009, 36 (3), 487-513)