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Scott M. Fuess, Jr.

University of Nebraska Faculty Athletics Representative, Steinhart Foundation Distinguished Professor of Business, Research Fellow Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) Bonn, Germany and Professor of Economics
HLH 525 U
P.O. Box 880489
Lincoln, NE 68588-0489
(402) 472-0336
Scott M. Fuess, Jr. Photo
Ph.D., 1986, Economics, Purdue University
M.S., 1983, Economics, Purdue University
B.A., 1982, Economics/History, University of Delaware
Areas of Expertise
  • Labor Economics, Economics of Collegiate Sports, Economy of Japan
Research Interests
  • Labor Economics - Unions
  • Productivity
  • Labor Markets in Asia
  • Economics of Collegiate Sports
  • Macroeconomics
  • Department Chair, 2005
  • Director MAIAA Program, 2018
CliftonStrengths ®
  • Strategic
  • Learner
  • Analytical
  • Achiever
  • Ideation
Scott M. Fuess, Jr. is the Steinhart Foundation Distinguished Professor of Business at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He joined the university in 1986, and he has been the chairman of the Economics Department since Fall 2005. Fuess is also Director of the M.A. Program in Intercollegiate Athletics Administration.  He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Purdue University. His research interests are labor economics, the economics of collegiate sports, macroeconomics, and the economy of Japan.

His research has been published in leading outlets, including Journal of Political Economy, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, Journal of Labor Research, Economic Inquiry, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Southern Economic Journal, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Economic Education, and Contemporary Economic Policy. His research has been presented at professional conferences in Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan. He has been a guest lecturer in Germany, Japan, and Russia.

Fuess has been a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany. Frequently he has been a visiting professor in the School of Economics at Senshu University in Tokyo, Japan (1998, 2000, and 2004). He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, as well as several other scholarly societies. He has earned numerous teaching awards, including CBA’s “Distinguished Teaching Award” (3 times), UNL’s “Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students” (4 times), and Mortar Board’s “People Who Inspire Award.” In 2010, he was honored by Phi Beta Delta as the UNL faculty “International Scholar of the Year.”
CBA Faculty Service Award (2016), CBA Distinguished Teaching Award (2005, 1998, 1992), Certificate of Recognition for Contributions to Students by the UNL Parents Association and UNL Teaching Council (2009, 2008, 2005, 1991), Pinnacle Bank Faculty Award (2006), Student Advisory Board Economics Professor of the Year Award (2006), CBA Distinguished Teaching Award Honorable Mention (2004), 
Graduate Course

Financial Management and Economics of Sports (GRBA 840)

Undergraduate Courses
Economics of the Labor Market (ECON 481)
Labor and the National Economy (ECON 482)
Teaching Interests
  • Economics and Finance of Collegiate Sports
  • Labor Economics