Boris Nikolaev

Boris Nikolaev
Colorado State University | CSU · Department of Management

PhD

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Introduction
I am an Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Baylor University. Previously, I was an Assistant Professor of Economics at Oxford College of Emory University. I am interested in the links between socio-economic institutions, entrepreneurship, and well-being. For more information, visit my website: www.borisnikolaev.com
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May 2018 - present
Baylor University
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
May 2016 - May 2018
Baylor University
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  • Professor
August 2013 - June 2016
Emory University
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  • Professor (Assistant)

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Publications (56)
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Entrepreneurship research typically emphasizes firm-level outcomes such as growth and performance. However, people pursue entrepreneurship for deeply personal, idiosyncratic reasons. Therefore, as in other self-organized human pursuits, how entrepreneurship relates to fulfillment and well-being is of utmost importance. In this paper, we provide an...
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Well-being is an essential outcome of engagement in entrepreneurship, but the pathway from self-employment to well-being is poorly understood. To address this, we develop a model in which psychological functioning-purposeful engagement with life, realization of personal talents and capabilities, and fulfillment of intrinsic needs such as autonomy a...
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Affect is increasingly studied within entrepreneurship. We develop a partial mediation model in which positive and negative dispositional affect influences entry into entrepreneurship, suggesting that those experiencing greater negative affect experience less job satisfaction and are more likely to enter entrepreneurship. Using a novel methodologic...
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We examine how country-level institutional context moderates the relationship between three socio-cognitive traits-entrepreneurial self-efficacy, alertness to perceived business opportunities, and fear of failure-and entrepreneurial action. To do this, we blend social cognitive theory (SCT) with institutional theory to develop a multi-level model o...
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Drawing upon the self-determination theory, we develop a two-stage multi-path mediation model in which psychological autonomy mediates the relationship between active engagement in entrepreneurship and well-being partially through its effect on psychological competence and relatedness. We test this model on a representative sample of 1837 working i...
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Using institutional economic theory as our guiding framework, we develop a model to describe how populist discourse by a nation’s political leader influences entrepreneurship. We hypothesize that populist discourse reduces entrepreneurship by creating regime uncertainty concerning the future stability of the institutional environment, resulting in...
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Using institutional economic theory as our guiding framework, we develop a model to describe how populist discourse by a nation's political leader influences entrepreneurship. We hypothesize that populist discourse reduces entrepreneurship by creating regime uncertainty concerning the future stability of the institutional environment, resulting in...
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We examine the moderating role of being a supervisor for meaning and autonomy of self-employed and employed workers. We rely on regression analysis applied after entropy balancing based on a nationally representative dataset of over 80,000 individuals in 30 European countries for 2005, 2010, and 2015. We find that being a self-employed supervisor i...
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We explore how involuntary and voluntary exits from self-employment affect life and health satisfaction. To that end, we use rich longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel from 1985 to 2017 and a difference-in-differences estimator. We find that while transitioning from self-employment to salaried employment brings small improvements i...
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Previous research suggests that both formal institutions (e.g., pro-market institutions) and informal institutions (e.g., individualistic cultural values) are critical drivers of innovation. Most studies, however, consider the independent role of either formal or informal institutions. We contribute to this gap in the literature by exploring the po...
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Education is considered one of the most critical human capital investments. But does formal educational attainment "pay off" in terms of job satisfaction? To answer this question, in Study 1 we use a meta-analytic technique to examine the correlation between educational attainment and job satisfaction (k = 74, N = 134,924) and find an effect size c...
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The historical prevalence of infectious diseases has had an enduring effect on innovation around the world. Building on the Parasite Stress Theory of Values, we propose a framework suggestive that the impact of historical disease pathogens on contemporary innovation is transmitted through the development of cultural values as an evolutionary psycho...
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A large portion of the real income gains from economic growth in the US since the 1970's have accrued to the top income quartile. We evaluate the equality-efficiency trade-off using subjective wellbeing data from the General Social Survey. Specifically, we estimate the parameter of inequality aversion within a neo-utilitarian framework of welfare a...
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We examine how economic institutions, measured by the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index, affect the relationship between capital-human, social, and financial-and opportunity-motivated entrepreneurship (OME). To do this, we develop a multi-level model that connects theories of human and social capital at the micro-level to institutional theo...
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We examine the robustness of the relationship between income attainment and personality traits from Tellegen's three-factor model that map into constructs of positive emotionality (well-being, social potency, achievement, and social closeness), negative emotionality (stress reaction, alienation, and aggression), and constraint (control, harm avoida...
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We examine how the institutional context affects the relationship between gender and opportunity entrepreneurship. To do this, we develop a multi-level model that connects feminist theory at the micro-level to institutional theory at the macro-level. It is hypothesized that the gender gap in opportunity entrepreneurship is more pronounced in low-qu...
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The negative effects of corruption at the macro level are well-documented. Corruption reduces economic growth, lowers investment, and erodes trust in government officials, creating an institutional environment that pushes entrepreneurs from productive to destructive activities. Corruption also has effects at the micro level because some industries...
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We are the first to examine how parental unemployment experienced during early-, mid-and late-childhood affects adult life satisfaction. Using German household panel data, we find that parental unemployment induced by plant closures and experienced during early (0-5 years) and late (11-15 years) childhood leads to lower life satisfaction at ages 18...
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Model uncertainty is one of the most pervasive challenges in the social sciences. Cross-country studies in entrepreneurship have largely ignored this issue. In this paper, we evaluate the robustness of 44 possible determinants of early-stage opportunity-motivated entrepreneurship (OME) and necessity-motivated entrepreneurship (NME) that are broadly...
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An increasing number of studies suggest that the relationship between higher education and subjective well-being (SWB) is either insignificant or negative. Most of these studies, however, use life satisfaction as a proxy for SWB. In this study, using longitudinal data from the Household Income and Labor Dynamics in Australia survey, I examine the l...
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Previous research on the relationship between capitalistic institutions and income inequality has produced mixed results. We provide a short survey of this literature, identifying potential causes for this empirical heterogeneity. Next, we replicate the results from two of the relevant studies using six alternative measures of income inequality for...
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This paper examines the relationship between economic freedom (EFW) and happiness inequality for a large sample of countries. We find that economic freedom is negatively associated with happiness inequality and robust to several alternative measures of happiness inequality including the standard deviation, mean absolute difference, coefficient of v...
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We examine the effect of joining the European Union on individual life satisfaction in Bulgaria and Romania in the context of the 2007 EU enlargement. Although EU membership is among the most important events in Bulgaria and Romania’s modern histories, there is no evidence on how it affected the subjective well-being of ordinary people in the two c...
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We introduce a contagion model of self-employment that relates regional cohort self-employment to individuals’ preferences for and decisions to engage in entrepreneurial action. To test the predictions of our model via evidence from two studies. Study 1 uses cross-sectional data from the US General Social Survey (GSS) and examines the correlation b...
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We explore the relationship between emotional well-being and economic freedom. Using data for a sample of 12 countries from wave 2 of the World Value Survey (WVS) and the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index, we find that people living in more economically free societies are more likely to report the presence of positive affect and absence of...
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Previous research on the relationship between economic freedom and income inequality has produced mixed results. We provide a short survey of this literature, identifying potential causes for this empirical heterogeneity. Next, we replicate the results from two significant studies using six alternative measures of income inequality for an updated d...
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Abstract It is widely believed that individualistic societies, which emphasize personal freedom, award social status for accomplishment, and favor minimal government intervention, are more prone to higher levels of income inequality compared to more collectivist societies, which value conformity, loyalty, and tradition and favor more interventionis...
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It is widely believed that economic institutions such as competitive markets, the banking system, and the structure of property rights are essential for economic development. But why economic institutions vary across countries and what are their deep origins is still a question that is widely debated in the developmental economics literature. In th...
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This paper provides an empirical test of the Engerman–Sokoloff hypothesis that factor endowments influenced the development of the rule of law, which in turn has perpetuated income inequality. Using a measure of the suitability of land for growing wheat relative to sugarcane as an instrument for the rule of law, as measured by area 2 of the Economi...
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Abstract Even though higher intelligence (IQ) is often associated with many positive outcomes in life, it has become a stylized fact in the happiness literature that smarter people are not happier than their less intelligent counterparts. In this paper, we examine how relative verbal intelligence correlates with happiness and present two main findi...
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It is by now well-established in the development economics literature that institutions play a vital role in shaping social, economic, and political incentives, reducing transaction costs and uncertainty, and promoting long-run economic growth. Following recent developments on the measurement of socio-economic progress, which emphasize the importan...
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A growing body of literature suggests that the extent to which people feel happy with their lives depends, at least partially, on how they compare to those around them. Much of this literature, however, has focused on the relative effect of income on happiness while other factors such as education, marriage, or leisure have received less attention....
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Recent research has documented a negative relationship between education and happiness. We test the hypothesis that the extent to which education makes an individual happy depends on their current age in life. We find suggestive evidence that people with higher education are more likely to be happier, on average, than their less educated counterpar...
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We investigate how living at the parental home affects the subjective well-being of young adults using a large representative panel dataset from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey from 2001 to 2013. We find that adults who live with their parents past adolescence are more likely to be less satisfied with their lif...
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Recent research has documented a negative relationship between education and happiness. We test the hypothesis that the extent to which education makes an individual happy depends on their current age in life. We find suggestive evidence that people with higher education are more likely to be happier, on average, than their less educated counterpar...
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A growing body of literature suggests that the extent to which people feel happy with their lives depends, at least partially, on how they compare to those around them. Much of this literature, however, has focused on the relative effect of income on happiness while other factors such as education, marriage, or leisure have received less attention....
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Using a large, nationally representative panel dataset from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey from 2001 to 2013, we investigate the relationship between saving habits and subjective well-being (SWB). We find that individuals who save (borrow) regularly are more likely to report higher (lower) levels of life satis...
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We explore the relationship between individual control perceptions and the degree to which a country's institutions and policies are consistent with the principles of economic freedom. Using data from the World Value Surveys and the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index, we find that people living in more economically free countries are more li...
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This chapter reviews the empirical literature on the relationship between economic freedom and subjective well-being. It also suggests some methodological problems with examining this relationship empirically. Evidence is presented that suggests that people who live in countries with institutions consistent with the principles of economic freedom r...
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This paper provides an empirical test of the Engerman-Sokoloff hypothesis that factor endowments influenced the development of the rule of law, which in turn has shaped the income distribution. Using a measure of the suitability of land for growing wheat relative to sugarcane as an instrument for the rule of law, as measured by area 2 of the Econom...
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We explore the relationship between individual control perceptions and the degree to which a country's institutions and policies are consistent with the principles of economic freedom. Using data from the World Values Surveys (WVS) and the Economic Freedom of the World (EFW) index, we find that people living in more economically free countries are...
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This educational note describes several video clips from the TV show "Golden Balls" and two short classroom experiments that can be used to introduce the topic of game theory into the principles classroom. It also suggests some additional resources that can further improve teaching the topic.
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Measures of material standards of living such as gross domestic product dominate national debates on social and economic progress. Such measures, however, often fail to capture important dimensions of quality of life related to the strength of social networks, quality of education, frequency of civic engagement, personal health, and psychological w...

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• Cross-disciplinary social sciences colloquium focused on entrepreneurship policy • Collaborative and stimulating atmosphere for young scholars to develop papers • Keynotes by Jay Barney (University of Utah) and Peter J. Klein (Baylor University & NHH Norwegian School of Economics) • Accommodation and travel costs covered for participants with accepted full papers
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PROJECT WEBSITE: www.e-wellbeing.org We invite papers for consideration for publication in the Journal of Business Venturing for a special issue on the topic “Entrepreneurship & Wellbeing.”
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The goal of the project is to understand how institutional factors affect the environment for entrepreneurship. This may include revisiting methodological individualism in this research stream and identifying how institutions affect alternative types of entrepreneurs.