Research network

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

Diego Ubfal

Bocconi University
Other affiliations: 
IGIER
IZA
Research interests: 
Development Economics
Applied Macroeconomics
Applied Econometrics

Diego Ubfal is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Bocconi University.  His research focuses on savings, time-preferences, access to financial services and selection into entrepreneurship in emerging countries. He has designed randomised experiments in Africa and Latin America.  His teaching focuses on Programme Evaluation and Development Economics. 

He joined IZA as a Research Affiliate in February 2012 and IGIER in September 2012.  He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of Buenos Aires, a master degree from the University of San Andres in Argentina and received his Ph.D.  in 2012 from the University of California at Los Angeles. He was a Fulbright Scholar at Los Angeles and has worked on Impact Evaluation at the Inter-American Development Bank in 2005-2006 and at the Central Bank of Mexico in the summer of 2009.

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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