The Catholic University of America
Business and Economics Faculty

Frederic Sautet–Associate Professor


Dr. Frederic Sautet is an economist who specializes in market process and entrepreneurship research. He teaches entrepreneurship and management at The Busch School of Business and Economics at The Catholic University of America where he is also a faculty member of The Arthur and Carlyse Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship. Dr. Sautet’s work experience includes public policy at the New Zealand Commerce Commission and the New Zealand Treasury, as well as at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. Dr. Sautet earned a doctorate in economics from the University of Paris and did the course work for his doctorate at the Institut des Etudes Politiques in Paris. He also studied at New York University under the auspices of Prof. Israel Kirzner and Mario Rizzo as a post-doctorate fellow.

Dr. Sautet has mostly published in the fields of entrepreneurship theory, management, cluster policy, and the theory of the firm. He is the co-author of Action ou Taxation (published in French in 1996 by Editions Slatkine, Geneva, and co-edited with Philippe Lacoude), and the author of An Entrepreneurial Theory of the Firm (published in 2000 by Routledge, London). His research has been published in Entrepreneurship: Theory and Practice, The Independent Review, Le Journal des Economistes et des Etudes Humaines, The Review of Austrian Economics, The New Zealand Law Journal, International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal, and Small Business Economics.

Dr. Sautet is also a contributor to the Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory and the Handbook of Research on Innovation and Clusters (Charlie Karlsson ed., published by Edward Elgar), The New Handbook on Austrian Economics (Peter Boettke ed., published by Edward Elgar), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management (David Teece ed.), and The Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics (Peter Boettke ed.). He is the co-editor with Peter Boettke of The Collected Works of Israel Kirzner (published by Liberty Fund in ten volumes).

Dr. Sautet is a frequent contributor to Les Echos, Le Figaro, Le Temps, La Tribune and other media outlets in France and Switzerland. He has also authored various articles in the press in New Zealand and the US, and has published on policy issues. Dr. Sautet has worked as a consultant with various government agencies, international organizations, and policy institutes; among them are the Government of Monaco, the New Zealand Ministry of Economic Development, the New Zealand Business Roundtable, and Excellence in Government.

Selected Recent Research and Writing

Academic Publications: Refereed & Invited Articles

“Local and Systemic Entrepreneurship: Solving the Puzzle of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development,” Entrepreneurship, Theory and Practice, 37(2). March 2013.

“Prior Knowledge and Opportunity Identification,” co-authored with Jason Arentz and Virgil Storr, Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal. 2012.

“The Genius of Mises and the Brilliance of Kirzner,” co-authored with Peter Boettke, in The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, volume III.

“Remarks from 1809 by Dupont de Nemours on Adam Smith,” preface co-authored with Dan Klein in Econ Journal Watch. 2011

Academic Publications: Books and Book Contributions

Forthcoming December 2009-19: "The Collected Works of Israel M. Kirzner". In 10 volumes, co-edited with Peter Boettke, and published by the Liberty Fund, Indianapolis.

“Market Theory and the Price System,” in Oxford Handbook of Austrian Economics, Peter Boettke and Christopher Coyne, eds. 2015.

Three entries in The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management edited by David Teece, Berkeley University. 2013.

“The Competitive Market is a Process of Entrepreneurial Discovery” in The Handbook on Austrian Economics, Peter Boettke, editor, published by Edward Elgar. 2010.

“The Use of Knowledge in Economics” co-authored with Peter Boettke in Manfred Moldaschl & Nico Stehr, eds., Wissensökonomie und Innovation. Beiträge zur Ökonomie der Wissensgesellschaft, Marburg: Metropolis-Verlag, 77-91. 2010.

In His Words ...

The most satisfying moments in my career have come from teaching and sharing knowledge with students. Catholic University is unique in this respect, as it offers a dynamic environment for the growth of knowledge that rests on hundreds of years of tradition.”– Frederic Sautet



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  • MGT 372 – Entrepreneurship and Capital Venturing
  • MGT 223 – Management Theory and Practice


Post-Doc, New York University

Ph.D., Economics
University of Paris

BA, MA, Economics University of Paris