Maria Minniti

Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Director, Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES)

(315) 443-4096
Room: 530

Minniti holds a PhD in Economics from New York University.

Her primary research interests include entrepreneurship and economic growth, institutions, government and organizational emergence.

Prior to joining the Whitman School, Minniti was professor and Bobby B. Lyle Chair of Entrepreneurship in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. Minniti has previously taught at Babson College, Skidmore College and New York University, and has held visiting positions at the London Business School, the Max Planck Institute, Humboldt University, and the Copenhagen Business School.

Since 2015, Minniti is also Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Department of Management at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.

Selected Publications

  • "The foundational contribution to entrepreneurship research of William J. Baumol", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal , 10(2):214-228, 2016
  • "UK credit and discouragement during the GFC", Small Business Economics Journal, 2016, (Cowling, M; Liu, W. and Zhang, N.)
  • "Revisiting the Determinants of Entrepreneurship: A Bayesian Approach", Journal of Management , 41(2):607-631, 2015, (Arin, K., Huang, V., Nandialath, A. and Reich, O.)
  • "Survival and financing of black owned startups in the U.S.", Eastern Economic Journal, 41: 387-410, 2015, (Gai, Y.)
  • "Health insurance, job lock and the supply of self-employment", Journal of Small Business Management, 52(2): 558-580, 2015, (Gai, Y.)
  • "Fifty is the new thirty: Ageing well and start-up activities", Applied Economics Letter, 21:16, 1161-1164, 2014, (Kautonen, T.)
  • "Ageing and Entrepreneurial Preferences", Small Business Economics Journal , 42(3): 579-594 , 2014, (Down, S. and Kautonen, T.)
  • "How Late Should Johnny-Come-Lately Come?", Long Range Planning, 46: 369-386, 2013, (M. Levesque & D. Shepherd )
  • "Gender Differences in Entrepreneurial Propensity", Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 75(2): 213-234, 2013, (P. Koellinger & C. Schade)
  • "Cluster Formation by Entrepreneurial Break-offs", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management 59(2):278-292 , 59(2):278-292 , 2012, (I. Hyeock Lee & M. Levesque)
  • "Slipping the Surly Bonds: The Value of Autonomy in Self-Employment", Journal of Economic Psychology 33: 355–365, 33: 355–365, 2012, (D. Croson)
  • "Demographic Structure and Entrepreneurial Activity", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 5: 269–284, 2011, (Levesque, M.)


  • Journal of Business Venturing - Field Editor (Economics)
  • Small Business Economics Journal - Associate Editor