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Maria Minniti

Maria Minniti

Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

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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.



She is the Director of the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES), a research institute housed in the Whitman School of Management. She is also the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Entrepreneurship and Public Policy at Syracuse University.

Her primary research interests include entrepreneurial solutions to social problems, economic growth, and the entanglement between regulations and innovation.



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, Aalto University, and the Copenhagen Business School.




Working Papers
  • "Public Sponsorship and the Adoption of New Practices in the Homeless Shelter Industry", (with Lucas, D.)
  • "Game of Drones: Entrepreneurial Firms and Political Strategies in an Emerging Industry", (with Palubinskas, A.)
  • "Signals of Quality, Quality of Signals, and Entry in the Moving Industry", (with Diaz, F., Amezcua, A.)
  • "State-Administered Prices and Innovation: Evidence from the Wheelchair Industry", (with George, K.)
  • "Legalizing Legitimate Ink: Licensing and Entry in the Tattooing Industry", (with Diaz, F.)
  • "An Analysis of Community-Based Enterprises in Response to Natural Disasters", (with Stein, D.)
  • "The Penrosean spinout: A new spin on the theory of the entrepreneurial firm", (with Koppl, R., Diaz, F.)
  • "Who’s with me now? Re-building community logics and organizing following a significant disruption", (with Williams, T., Moss, T., George, K.)
  • "The founder legitimation process among refugee entrepreneurs", (with George, K., Moss, T., Williams, T.)
  • "Response Organizing and Community Resilience: Evidence from the Covid-19 Crisis in the U.S.", (with Rodriguez, Z.)
Selected Publications
  • "Trust based banking and SME’s access to credit", Journal of Business Venturing Insights, 2020 (with Kautonen, T., Fredriksson, A.)
  • "Boyan Jovanovic: Recipient of the 2019 Global Award for Entrepreneurship Research", Small Business Economics, 2019 (with )
  • "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.)
  • "Enhancing Product Market Access: Minority Entrepreneurship, Status Leveraging, and Preferential Procurement Programs", Small Business Economics, 50(3), 481-498, 2018 (with Shelton, L.)
  • "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.)
  • "Starting a business in late career increases quality of life (Even when it doesn't pay well)", 2017 (with Kautonen, T., Kibler, E.)
  • "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.)
  • "How late should johnny-come-lately come?", Long Range Planning, 46(4-5), 369-386, 2013 (with Lévesque, M., Shepherd, D.)
  • "Gender Differences in Entrepreneurial Propensity", Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 75(2), 213-234, 2013 (with Koellinger, P., Schade, C.)
  • "Slipping the surly bonds: The value of autonomy in self-employment", Journal of Economic Psychology, 33(2), 355-365, 2012 (with Croson, D.)
  • "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.)
  • "“El imprendimiento y el crecimiento economico de las nationes.” ", Economía Industrial(383), 23-30, 2012
  • "Age matters: How demographics influence aggregate entrepreneurship", Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, 5(3), 269-284, 2011 (with Lévesque, M.)
  • "Entrepreneurial types and economic growth", Journal of Business Venturing, 25(3), 305-314, 2010 (with Lévesque, M.)
  • "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.)
  • "Female Entrepreneurship and Economic Activity", European Journal of Development Research, 22(3), 294-312, 2010
  • "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

  • Top 2% Most Impactful Researchers Across All sciences (2020)
  • 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)