Welcome!

Welcome to my personal website. I am currently Assistant Professor of Economics in the Department of Business and Economics at Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA. I earned my Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Economics from George Mason University and my B.Sc. degree in International Economics and Business from Bucharest University of Economics.

My scholarly interests are in the fields of Economic Development, Political Economy, Austrian economics, Cultural Economics, Institutional Economics, and Entrepreneurship Economics. My research draws on: 1) the lessons learned from the collapse of Communism in Eastern and Central Europe, 2) the role of culture in promoting peaceful social change in Estonia, and 3) the role of the global flows of entrepreneurship and remittances in improving economic and political liberties in the world. 

With my PhD adviser, Prof. Peter Boettke, and committee members Prof. Christopher Coyne and Prof. Paul Aligica.

At Ursinus College, I teach courses in macroeconomics, development economics, senior seminar in economics (capstone), Common Intellectual Experience, and a new study abroad course in Economies in Transition (ECON-223) with travel to Europe. I also co-direct the UC Economic Ambassadors program, and co-lead the Study Abroad course in Eastern and Central Europe together with my colleague Andrew Economopoulos.

Previously, I was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics, in the Economics Department at Denison University, in Granville, Ohio. At Denison I taught core courses in introductory economics, and two elective courses: economies in transition, and entrepreneurship and public policy.

Please feel free to email me at: onicoara@ursinus.edu

Olga Nicoara on ResearchGate