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Maria Minniti

Maria Minniti

Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

315-443-4096
Room: 530
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Ph D, New York University (Economics)
MS, Auburn University (Economics)
BA, University “La Sapienza” of Rome (Political Science)

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.


Working Papers
  • "On the influence of regulations on technological innovation", (with Palubinskas, A.)
  • "Legalizing Legitimate Ink: Licensing and Entry in the Tattooing Industry", (with Diaz, F.)
  • "Who’s with me now? Re-building community logics and organizing following a significant disruption", (with Williams, T., Moss, T., George, K.)
  • "Growth-orientation in emerging economies: Towards path dependence of entrepreneurial opportunities. ", (with Moss, T., Pierre, K.)
  • "Gestation Activities in the pre-seed phase of academic spin-offs", (with Schleinkofer, M.)
  • "Does primary occupation determine success in venture emergence?", (with Laffineur, C.)
  • "General equilibrium and entrepreneurship policy: A note",
  • "Entrepreneurial Volatility: A Comparison across Countries", (with Amoros, E., Cristi, O.)
  • "Contestability, Rivalry, and Non-Market Strategy", (with Lucas, D.)
  • "The Problem of Social Benefit: An Economic Theory of Social Enterprise", (with Mickiewitz, T., Stephan, U.)
  • "Public Sponsorship and the Adoption of New Practices in the Homeless Shelter Industry", (with Lucas, D.)
  • "Good Entrepreneurship Policy Does Not Compute", (with Koppl, R.)
Selected Publications
  • "Underperformance Duration and Innovative Search: Evidence from the High-Tech Manufacturing Industry", Strategic Management Journal, 40(5), 836-861, 2019 (with Yu, W., Nason, R.)
  • "Boyan Jovanovic: Recipient of the 2019 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research", Small Business Economics, 2019 (with )
  • "Enhancing Product Market Access: Minority Entrepreneurship, Status Leveraging, and Preferential Procurement Programs", Small Business Economics, 50(3), 481-498, 2018 (with Shelton, L.)
  • "Starting a business in late career increases quality of life (Even when it doesn't pay well)", , 2017 (with Kautonen, T., Kibler, E.)
  • "Late-career transition and quality of life ", Journal of Business Venturing, 32(3), 318-333, 2017 (with Kibler, E., Kautonen, T.)
  • "Managing new technology using malleable profit functions ", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 64(2), 120-133, 2017 (with Arend, R., Levesque, M.)
  • "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, 2016 (with Cowling, M., Liu, W., Zang, N.)
  • ""Revisiting the determinants of entrepreneurship: A Bayesian approach"", Journal of Management, 2015 (with Arin, K., Huang, V., Nandialath, A., Reich, O.)
  • ""Health insurance, job lock, and the supply of self-employment"", Journal of Small Business Management, 2015 (with Gai, Y.)
  • "Survival and financing of black owned startups in the U.S", Eastern Economic Journal, 2015 (with Gai, Y.)
  • ""Fifty is the new thirty: Ageing well and start-up activities"", Applied Economics Letters, 21(16), 1161-1164, 2014 (with Kautonen, T.)
  • "Ageing and entrepreneurial preferences", Small Business Economics, 42(3), 579-594, 2014 (with Kautonen, T., Down, S.)
  • "Gender Differences in Entrepreneurial Propensity", Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 75(2), 213-234, 2013 (with Koellinger, P., Schade, C.)
  • "How late should johnny-come-lately come?", Long Range Planning, 46(4-5), 369-386, 2013 (with Lévesque, M., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Slipping the surly bonds: The value of autonomy in self-employment", Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(2), 355-365, 2012 (with Croson, D.)
  • "“El imprendimiento y el crecimiento economico de las nationes.” ", Economía Industrial(383), 23-30, 2012
  • "Employees’ break-offs and location selection: The birth of industrial clusters", IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, 59(2), 278-292, 2012 (with Lee, I., Lévesque, M.)
  • "Age matters: How demographics influence aggregate entrepreneurship", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 5(3), 269-284, 2011 (with Lévesque, M.)
  • "Female Entrepreneurship and Economic Activity", European Journal of Development Research, 22(3), 294-312, 2010
  • "What do we know about the patterns and determinants of female entrepreneurship across Countries?", European Journal of Development Research, 22(3), 277-293, 2010 (with Naudé, W.)
  • "Entrepreneurial types and economic growth", Journal of Business Venturing, 25(3), 305-314, 2010 (with Lévesque, M.)
  • "Gender issues in entrepreneurship", Foundations and Trends in Entrepreneurship, 5(7-8), 497-621, 2009
  • "Unemployment benefits crowd out nascent entrepreneurial activity", Economics Letters, 103(2), 96-98, 2009 (with Koellinger, P.)
  • "The role of government policy on entrepreneurial activity: Productive, unproductive, or destructive?", Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, 32(5), 779-790, 2008
  • "Recent Development in the Economics of Entrepreneurship.", Journal of Business Venturing, 23(6), 603-612., 2008 (with Levesque, M.)
  • "I Think I Can, I Think I Can…: A Study of Entrepreneurial Behavior ", Journal of Economic Psychology, 28, 502-527, 2007 (with Koellinger, P., Schade, C.)
  • "Entreprreneurs examined", Business Strategy Review, 17(4), 78-82, 2006
  • "Not for lack of trying: American entrepreneurship in black and white", Small Business Economics, 27(1), 59-79, 2006 (with Köllinger, P.)
  • "Entrepreneurship and network externalities", Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 57(1), 1-27, 2005
  • "Perceptual Variables and Nascent Entrepreneurship", Small Business Economics, 24(3), 233-247, 2005 (with Arenius, P.)
  • "Entrepreneurship studies: A stocktaking", Advances in Austrian Economics, 6, 9-37, 2003
  • "The Importance of Being Unimportant: Bank Lending and Small Firm Financing in Italy", Global Business & Economic Review, 4(2), 277-295, 2002
  • "Entrepreneurial Activity and Economic Growth", Global Business & Economic Review, 11(1), 31-42, 1999
  • "The unintended consequences of entrepreneurship", Journal des Économistes et des Études Humaines, 9(4), 1999 (with Koppl, R.)

Awards and Honors

  • Faculty Member of the Year Award - EEE (2017)
  • Award for Outstanding Teaching in the MBA Program - Cox School of Business - Southern Methodist University (2009)
  • VdF prize 2007 for best published article - German Institute for Economic Research - DIW Berlin (2007)
  • ACES Distinguished Lectureship - National Science Foundation at Case Western Reserve University (2005)
  • Haniel Kreis Membership - Haniel Foundation at Humboldt Universitæt zu Berlin (2004)
  • Alden Grant for Innovation in Entrepreneurship Education - Alden Trust (2004)
  • Haniel Foundation Research Fellow - Haniel Foundation and Humboldt Universitæt zu Berlin (2003)
  • Ann Higdon Term Chair in Economics - Babson College (1999)
  • Earhart Foundation Doctoral Fellowship - Earhart Foundation (1989)
  • New York University Doctoral Fellowship - New York University (1989)
  • Auburn University PhD Fellowship - Auburn University (1988)