Curriculum Vitae

OLGA NICOARA
http://www.olganicoara.com
onicoara@ursinus.edu

EDUCATION
PhD, Economics, George Mason University, May 2014
MA, Economics, George Mason University, May 2010

  • PhD Thesis:Essays in Entrepreneurship and Social Change”
    Committee: Peter J. Boettke (chair), Christopher J. Coyne, and Paul D. Aligica
  • Fields: Development Economics, Political Economy, History of Economic Thought, Market Process Economics
  • Research Areas: Economies in Transition,  Entrepreneurship and Public Policy, Institutional Change, Social Change, Economics of Revolutions

B.Sc., International Business and Economics, The Bucharest University of Economics, July 2007

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2016 (Fall) – : Assistant Professor, Ursinus College, Collegeville, PA

2014-2016: Visiting Assistant Professor, Denison University, Granville, OH

Courses taught: Entrepreneurship&Public Policy (ECON 440, x1), Economies in Transition (ECON 240, x1), Introductory Macroeconomics (ECON 101, x3)

2011 – 2013: Graduate Lecturer, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Courses taught: Economies in Transition (ECON 380, x4), Intermediate Microeconomics (ECON 306, x1)

PUBLICATIONS

What Have We Learned from The Collapse of Communism,” with Peter J. Boettke, in The Oxford Handbook on Austrian Economics, edited by Peter Boettke and Christopher Coyne. New York: Oxford University Press, September 2015.

New Institutional Economics and New Economic History: Lessons for Economic Development” (in Romanian), for New Trends in Political Economy, Ion Sterpan and Dragos Paul Aligica (Eds.), Humanitas Pub. 2011.

Understanding Institutions and Institutional Change in Weak Post-Soviet Democracies: The Case of ‘Doing Business’ Reforms in Moldova,” Mercatus Policy Series 2010.

WORKING PAPERS

“Culture As A Solution To Estonia’s ‘Singing Revolution'”

The Role Of Entrepreneurship As Cultural Leadership In Estonia’s ‘Singing Revolution’

“Explaining The Positive Attitudes Toward Communism in Romania,” with Vlad Tarko

A Contextual Choice Model Of The Secessionist Rebellion in Ukraine,” with David White

RESEARCH IN PROGRESS

“The Allocation of Entrepreneurial Talent in Economies in Transition”

“Immigration and Entrepreneurship: A McCloskeyian Perspective”

“The Law and Economics of Transition,” with Peter J. Boettke

PRESENTATIONS

“A Contextual Rational Choice Model Of The Secessionist Rebellion in Ukraine,” Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE), Cancun, Mexico, April 12-14, 2015

“Rational Choice, Leadership, and Social Change: Culture as a Solution to Estonia’s Singing Revolution,” Colloquium on Market Institutions & Economic Processes, New York University, New York, November 10th, 2014

“Cultural Entrepreneurship as a Solution to The Embedded Agency Paradox: The Case of Estonia’s Singing Revolution'”, Public Choice Society Meeting, Charleston, SC, March 6-9, 2014

“Dignity, Liberty, and Innovative Immigrant Entrepreneurship,” Southern Economic Association Meeting, New Orleans, LA, November 16-18, 2012

Understanding Institutions and Institutional Change in Weak Post-Soviet Democracies: The Case of ‘Doing Business’ Reforms in Moldova,” Association for Private Enterprise Education (APEE), Las Vegas, NV, April 10-13, 2010

Institutions, Entrepreneurship, and Post-Soviet Development: An Assessment of Moldova’s Entrepreneurial Environment,” Mason Entrepreneurship Research Conference (MERC), GMU School of Public Policy, Washington D.C., March 26, 2010

LANGUAGES

English – fluentFrench – intermediate;  Romanian – native;  Russian – native

FELLOWSHIPS

Graduate Research Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University (2013-2014)

Graduate Fellow, Department of Economics, George Mason University (2010-2013)

Humane Studies Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies (2011-2013)

Social Change Fellow, Mercatus Center at George Mason University (2008 – 2010)

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP

American Economic Association (AEA), Southern Economic Association (SEA), Society For The Development of Austrian Economics (SDAE), Strategic Management Society (SMS), The United States Association of Small Business and Entrepreenurship (USASBE), The Association of Private Enterprise Education (APEE)

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Made available upon request