Research network

The IGL Research Network includes researchers from around the world working on randomised trials related to innovation, high-growth entrepreneurship and growth.

Henry Overman

LSE
What Works Centre
Research interests: 
Economic Activity Clusters
Evolution of Cities
Causes and Consequences of Urban Sprawl

Henry Overman is professor in Economic Geography in the Department of Geography and Environment and since September 2013, the director of the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. Previously, Henry directed the Spatial Economics Research Centre.

He has provided policy advice to, amongst others, the European Commission, Department for International Development, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Department for Communities and Local Government, and Department for Transport. Henry holds a PhD and an MSc from LSE and a BSc from the University of Bristol.

Sean Carr

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Dynamics
Social Networks
Venture Capital
Financial Crises

Sean Carr is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Executive Director the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. His applied research, which has examined entrepreneurial dynamics, social networks, venture capital, and financial crises, has resulted in award-winning books, articles, case studies, digital media, and numerous teaching materials.

His work has been cited by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, Newsweek, NPR and CNBC; he is also the co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market’s Perfect Storm (Wiley, 2007), with Robert F. Bruner. Previously Sean spent nearly ten years as a broadcast journalist with ABC News and CNN. He has earned both a PhD in Management and an MBA from the University of Virginia; an MSc from Columbia University; and a BA from Northwestern University.

Silva Olmo

LSE
Other affiliations: 
CEP
IZA
Research interests: 
Economics of Education
Urban Economics
Entrepreneurship

Olmo Silva is Associate Professor at the London School of Economics in the Department of Geography and Environment. He is currently also Research Director of the Spatial Economics Research Centre (SERC, LSE), as well as a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP, LSE) and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, Bonn). Prior to this, Olmo was a Marie Curie Fellow at University College London and a Research Officer at the CEP.

He also spent the Autumn Term of 2011 as a Visiting Scholar at the Taubman Center of the Harvard Kennedy School. Olmo holds a PhD from the European University (EUI), and a Masters and Bachelors in Economics from Bocconi University.

Sofia Bapna

Carlson School of Management
University of Minnesota
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Finance
Gender Issues
Open Innovation
Online Social Networks
Crowdfunding

Digital innovations are having a significant impact on entrepreneurship, as new ventures are increasingly weaving digital technologies into their business strategies. One stream of my research focuses on the strategies used by entrepreneurial ventures in digital contexts such as equity crowdfunding and online social networks, to influence their legitimacy and to acquire resources. A more recent stream of my research centers on examining ways in which gender bias can be mitigated in the context of equity crowd funding well as in the context of networking events for IT professionals.

Sofia investigates these topics through the lens of organization theory, and utilize randomized field experiments as wells as rigorous econometric methods.

Subrat Rout

Crosslinks Foundation
Research interests: 
Economic Regulation

Subrat Rout is a PhD in Virology from University of Maryland with 12 years of experience in biomedical research and regulatory science. From 2011-2013, Subrat was a Commissioner’s Fellow at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) where he worked on assay development for enteric viruses causing food borne illness.

Prior to that, Subrat was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at SRI International where his work involved small molecule screening for potential targets against Dengue virus. During his career he has published several research manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and has presented at prestigious scientific conferences.  Subrat is also experienced in designing and conducting randomised controlled studies (RCT) for clinical trials of new drugs, including patient enrolment and data collection as per federal safety regulations. In addition to research, Subrat is also an avid learner and his current interests include entrepreneurship and web programming using HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Ruby on Rails.

Thomas Asterbro

HEC Paris
Other affiliations: 
KU Leuven
Research interests: 
Innovation
Entrepreneurship

Thomas Åstebro is Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at HEC Paris, and Professor of Entrepreneurship at KU Leuven (20%). He is listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World, and is frequently mentioned in business media.

He is Associate Editor at Management Science, Research Policy, ICC, and Small Business Economics. He has been involved in starting several companies and has also worked as a management consultant. Dr. Åstebro received his PhD from Carnegie Mellon University, USA and taught at University of Waterloo and University of Toronto before joining HEC.

Utz Weitzel

Utrecht University
Other affiliations: 
Radboud University Nijmegen
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Behavioural Finance
Experimental Finance
experimental economics

Utz Weitzel is Professor of Finance at the Utrecht University School of Economics and the Radboud University Nijmegen. His research topics  include experimental and behavioral finance/economics, corporate finance, and decision making under uncertainty; published in, amongst others, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, and Journal of Theoretical Biology.

After his school education in Namibia, he studied Economics and Business Administration in Germany (Universities of Augsburg and Bonn) and in Great Britain (University of Reading). He obtained a PhD from the Humboldt-University Berlin and was a post-doc at the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, Evanston (Chicago). Before his appointment in Nijmegen, he was affiliated with Utrecht University and the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena.

Viktoria Boss

TUHH Institute of Entrepreneurship
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Team Composition and Formation
Innovation
Data Analysis

Viktoria Boss has been a doctoral student under the supervision of Prof. Christoph Ihl at TUHH Hamburg since 2014. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from RWTH Aachen in Business Engineering and Material Sciences in 2012 and 2013. She also holds a Master’s degree from Portland State University in Technology Management.

Her PhD thesis centers around the formation and composition of different teams; both in the fields of entrepreneurship and sports. Her previous research includes work on ideation contests using an experimental setup.

Xavier Cirera

The World Bank
Research interests: 
Trade Policy
Development Economics
Innovation
Entrepreneurship

Xavier Cirera is an economist in the Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (ITE) unit in the Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice of the World Bank. He has more than 10 years’ experience working in different areas of trade and competitiveness in developing countries; mainly entrepreneurship, innovation, firm level dynamics, trade policy and competitiveness and firm level dynamics. Prior to joining the Bank he was a Research Fellow at the institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex.

He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Sussex. His current work at ITE spans over different areas of entrepreneurship and innovation. These include supporting innovation policy programmes in Kenya, Colombia or Kazakhstan, and impact evaluations of women entrepreneurship programmes in Pakistan and Nigeria, or innovation programmes in the Western Balkans.   

Yael Hochberg

Rice University
Other affiliations: 
MIT Sloan
NBER
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurship
Innovation
Venture Capital

Professor Hochberg is the Ralph S. O’Connor Associate Professor of Entrepreneurship at Rice University. In 2015, she was named one of the world’s 40 under 40 best business school professors by Poets and Quants. In 2016, she was awarded the Ewing Marion Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. 

Her research and teaching interests are focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, and the financing of entrepreneurial activity. Prof. Hochberg serves as the Head of the Entrepreneurship Initiative at Rice University and as Academic Director of the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship. She holds a Research Affiliate position with MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Prof. Hochberg is also Managing Director of the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project, which publishes the annual ranking of accelerator programs in the U.S. Prior to her appointment at Rice, Prof. Hochberg was previously on the (tenure track) faculty at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and the Johnson School of Management at Cornell University and most recently was a visiting faculty member at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

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