Boris Nikolaev

Research Professor - Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

Homepage:  http:\\
Campus Phone:  (254) 710-4169
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98011
Waco, TX  76798-8011
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation 210.02

Educational Background

  • PHD - Economics, Univ South Florida
  • MA - Economics, Univ South Florida
  • BA - Economics, Oxford College Emory Universit

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Oxford College of Emory University (2013 - 2016)

Awards and Honors

  • Oxford College Honors, Oxford College of Emory University (2016)
  • William H. Fox Award for Emerging Excellence, Emory University (2016)
  • Research Excellence Award, USF Graduate School (2013)
  • APEE Young Scholars Award, Association for Private Enterprise (2012)
  • Dissertation Completion Fellowship, University of South Florida (2012)
  • Hayek Fund for Scholars, Institute for Humane Studies (2012)
  • The Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies (2012)
  • The Provost Award for Outstanding Teaching, University of South Florida (2010)
  • Graduate Fellowship, USF Graduate School (2007)


Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"Cascading Ripples: Contagion Effects of Entrepreneurial Activity on Self-Employment Attitudes and Choices in Regional Cohorts.," Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, (November 2017) (coauthors: Matthew S Wood).

"On the Ambiguous Economic Freedom-Inequality Relationship," Empirical Economics, (June 2016).

"“Economic Freedom and Happiness Inequality - Friends or Foes?," Contemporary Economic Policy, (June 2016).

"“Historical Prevalence of Infectious Diseases, Cultural Values, and the Origins of Economic Institutions," Kyklos, (June 2016).

"Factor Endowments, the Rule of Law, and Structural Inequality: Testing the Engerman-Sokoloff Hypothesis," Journal of Institutional Economics, (May 2016), pp. 1-23.

"Does Other People’s Education Make Us Less Happy?," Economics of Education Review, Vol. 51, No. 1, (March 2016), pp. 176-191.

"The Role of Intelligence in the Distribution of National Happiness," Intelligence (Kidlington), Vol. 56, No. 1, (February 2016), pp. 38-45.

"Give Me Liberty and Give Me Control: Economic Freedom, Control Perceptions, and the Paradox of Choice," European Journal of Political Economy, (2016).

"Living with Mom and Dad and Loving It…or Are You?," Journal of Economic Psychology, Vol. 51, No. 1, (December 2015), pp. 199-209.

"Economic Freedom & Subjective Well-being," : Edward Elgar Publishing, 2015, pp. 178-193.

"Education and Happiness: An Alternative Hypothesis," Applied Economics Letters, (2015).

Teaching and Learning Scholarship

"Using Experiments and Media to Introduce Game Theory into the Principles Classroom," Journal of Private Enterprise, Vol. 29, No. 2, (2014), pp. 149-160.

Basic or Discovery Scholarship

"“Economic Freedom and Quality of Life – Evidence from the OECD’s Better Life Index," Journal of Private Enterprise, Vol. 29, No. 3, (2014), pp. 97-117.

"“Intergenerational Mobility and Subjective Well-being— Evidence from the General Social Survey," Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, Vol. 53, No. 1, (2014), pp. 82-96.

"Economic Freedom and Entrepreneurship: New Evidence from the States," American Journal of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 6, No. 1, (2013), pp. 85-99.
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