Frédéric Sautet

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Frédéric E. Sautet
Born 1968
Nationality French
Institution George Mason University
School or
Austrian economics

Frédéric E. Sautet (French: [sotɛ]; born in 1968), is a French economist. He currently teaches economics in the United States.


After studying for his PhD coursework (DEA) at the Institut d’études politiques de Paris, Sautet received his doctorate in economics from the University of Paris Dauphine (advisor: Pascal Salin). He pursued his postdoctoral studies at New York University under the auspices of Peter Boettke, Israel Kirzner and Mario Rizzo.

Former senior economist at the New Zealand Treasury and at the New Zealand Commerce Commission, he was also a senior fellow at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University between 2004 and 2009.

He has lecturered at the University of Paris Dauphine, New York University, George Mason University, and is teaching at the Catholic University of America. He also regularly lectures at the Foundation for Economic Education.[1]

Work and publications[edit]

Sautet’s research comprises entrepreneurship theory and the market process, cluster theory, economic development, and institutional economics.[2] Among his recent publications are:

  • "Local and Systemic Entrepreneurship: Solving the Puzzle of Entrepreneurship and Economic Development" in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (March 2013);[3]
  • "The Genius of Mises and the Brilliance of Kirzner" with Peter Boettke in The Annual Proceedings of the Wealth and Well-Being of Nations, volume III (2012);
  • "The Next Silicon Valley? On the Relationship between Geographical Clustering and Public Policy" with Pierre Desrochers and Gert-Jan Hospers in International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal (2009);[4]
  • "Diversity and the Case Against Specialized Clusters" with Pierre Desrochers and Gert-Jan Hospers in The Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory, volume 1, Edward Elgar (2008);[5]
  • "Entrepreneurial Policy: The Case of Regional Specialization vs Spontaneous Industrial Diversity" with Pierre Desrochers in Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice (2008);[6]
  • "The New Comparative Political Economy" with Peter Boettke, Christopher Coyne, and Peter Leeson in The Review of Austrian Economics (2005).[7]

He is the co-editor with Peter Boettke of the Collected Works of Israel Kirzner in ten volumes published by Liberty Fund. The first volume was published in 2009 and the second one (Market Theory and the Price System) in 2011.[citation needed] He is the only author, besides Roger Garrison to have co-authored with Israel Kirzner.[citation needed]

He has published several public policy papers (e.g. on New Zealand,[8] New Jersey,[9] and Memphis, TN[10]).

In 1996, he co-edited Action ou Taxation, a book on French public finance, with Philippe Lacoude. He published An Entrepreneurial Theory of the Firm with Routledge in 2000.[11]

He is one of the main contributors to the Dictionnaire du libéralisme, edited by Mathieu Laine and published in 2012 by Larousse in Paris.


Sautet regularly publishes in the media in France (Les Echos,[12] Le Figaro,[13] La Tribune[14]) as well as in New Zealand (National Business Review,[15] New Zealand Herald[16]) and in the US (Forbes,[17] The Star-Ledger).

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Foundation for Economic Education.
  2. ^ See his Social Science Research Network page.
  3. ^ Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  4. ^ International Entrepreneurship and Management Journal
  5. ^ The Handbook of Research on Cluster Theory
  6. ^ Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  7. ^ Review of Austrian Economics
  8. ^ See for instance his article Why Kiwis Have Not Become Tigers? published in The Independent Review.
  9. ^ See his policy paper, Can NJ Reverse Course? co-authored with Eileen Norcross.
  10. ^ See his policy paper on tax incentives in Memphis co-authored with John Shoaf.
  11. ^ Frédéric Sautet An Entrepreneurial Theory of the Firm 2000 Page i "Using an approach consistent with the modern Austrian School, Frédéric Sautet brings a fresh perspective to the economics of the firm by developing the open-ended theories initiated by Mises and Hayek."
  12. ^ See his articles at the Cercle des Echos.
  13. ^ See for example his article on the Obama election in 2008. See also his August 2012 article with Mathieu Laine on Federalism in Europe.
  14. ^ See for instance his article after the death of Steve Jobs.
  15. ^ See his article on the rebuilding of Christchurch after the 2011 earthquake.
  16. ^ See his article on Kiwis and tigers.
  17. ^ See the article on local incentives.

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