Boris Nikolaev

McLane Scholars Program - Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
McLane Scholars Faculty Co-Facilitator - Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation
Assistant Professor - Entrepreneurship and Corporate Innovation

Contact Information

Homepage:  http:\\
Campus Phone:  (254) 710-4169
Mailing Address:  One Bear Place #98011
Waco, TX  76706
Office Location:  Foster Business and Innovation 210.44

Educational Background

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

Work Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, Baylor University (August 1, 2018 - Present)
  • Research Professor, Baylor University (July 1, 2016 - July 31, 2018)
  • Assistant Professor of Economics, Oxford College of Emory University (2013 - 2016)

Awards and Honors

  • Research Excellence Award, Department of Entrepreneurship (2019)
  • 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

The Economics of Entrepreneurship, November 2020.

"Individualism, pro-market institutions, and national innovation," Small Business Economics, (September 2020) (coauthors: Daniel Bennett).

"The perceived well-being and health costs of exiting self-employment," Small Business Economics, (July 2020) (coauthors: Milena Nikolova).

"Dispositional positive and negative affect and self-employment transitions: The mediating role of job satisfaction," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 44, No. 3, (May 2020), pp. 451-474 (coauthors: Nadav Shir, Johan Wiklund).

"Rising Income Inequality and Economic Growth--Are Americans Better Off? Evidence from Subjective Well-Being Data," Journal of Private Enterprise, (March 2020) (coauthors: Daniel Bennett).

"Historical Prevalence of Infectious Diseases, Economic Institutions, and Global Entrepreneurship," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, (February 2020) (coauthors: Daniel Bennett).

"Entrepreneurship and subjective well-being: The mediating role of psychological functioning," Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Vol. 44, No. 2, (2020), pp. 557-586 (coauthors: Chris Bourdeaux, Matthew S Wood).

"Entrepreneurship and well-being: Past, present, and future," Journal of Business Venturing, Vol. 34, No. 4, (July 2019), pp. 579-588 (coauthors: Johan Wiklund, Nadav Shir, Maw-Der Foo, Steve Bradley).

"Personality Traits and Income Attainment of Self-Employed People—Accounting for Model Uncertainty," Journal of Business Venturing Insights, (June 2019) (coauthors: Ileana Maldonado-Bautista).

Exploring gender differences in entrepreneurship: how the regulatory environment mitigates differences in early-stage growth aspirations, 2019 (coauthors: Christopher Boudreaux).

"Economic Freedom, Public Policy & Entrepreneruship," , Vancouver: Fraser Institute, 2019 (coauthors: Daniel Bennett).

"Cascading Ripples: Contagion Effects of Entrepreneurial Activity on Self-Employment Attitudes and Choices in Regional Cohorts.," Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, Vol. 12, No. 4, (December 2018), pp. 455-481 (coauthors: Matthew S Wood).

"Socio-cognitive traits and entrepreneurship: The moderating role of economic institutions," Journal of Business Venturing, (August 2018) (coauthors: Christopher Boudreaux, Peter Klein).

"Family Matters: involuntary parental unemployment during childhood and subjective wellbeing later in life," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, (May 2018) (coauthors: Milena Nikolova).

"Entrepreneurship and well-being: The role of psychological autonomy, competence, and relatedness," Journal of Business Venturing, (May 2018) (coauthors: Nadav Shir, Joakim Wincent).

"Capital is not enough: Opportunity Entrepreneurship and Formal Institutions," Small Business Economics, (May 2018) (coauthors: Christopher Boudreaux).

"Cross-Country Determinants of Early-Stage Necessity and Opportunity Entrepreneurship: Accounting for Model Uncertainty," Journal of Small Business Management, Vol. 56, No. S1, (March 2018), pp. 243-280 (coauthors: Christopher Boudreaux, Leslie E. Palich).

"Corruption and Non-Productive Entrepreneurship," Small Business Economics, (September 2017) (coauthors: Christopher Boudreaux).

"Entrepreneurship and Well-being," Journal of Business Venturing Insights, Vol. 7, (June 2017), pp. 38--44 (coauthors: Johan Wiklund, Carol Graham, Maw-Der Foo, Steve Bradley, Nadav Shir).

"Entrepreneurial Traits, Formal Institutions, and the Motivation to Engage in Entrepreneurial Action," (May 2017) (coauthors: Christopher Boudreaux, Peter Klein).

"Are More Individualistic Societies Less Equal? Evidence from the Parasite-Stress Theory of Values," Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, (April 2017) (coauthors: Christopher Boudreaux, Rauf Salahodjaev).

"The Role of Positive and Negative Affect on Entrepreneurs’ Entry and Exit Decisions," (January 2017) (coauthors: Nadav Shir).

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

"Does Higher Education Increase Hedonic and Eudaimonic Well-being?," (March 2016).

"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 (coauthors: Rauf Salahodjaev).

"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) (coauthors: Pavel Rusakov).

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 (coauthors: Ainslee Burns).

"Economic Freedom and Entrepreneurship: New Evidence from the States," American Journal of Entrepreneurship, Vol. 6, No. 1, (2013), pp. 85-99 (coauthors: Josh Hall, John Pulito, Ben vanMetre).

Presentations and Proceedings

"The Historical Prevalence of Infectious Diseases and Global Innovation," Proceedings of the Academy of Management Annual Conference, Boston, MA, August 2019 (coauthors: Daniel Bennett).

(with Johan Wiklund and Nadav Shir) “Dispositional Affect and Entry into Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Panel Data” Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research (forthcoming)
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