Research network

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

Mark Schankerman

LSE
Other affiliations: 
CEP
CEPR
Research interests: 
Intellectual Property Rights
Innovation
Industrial Economics
Emerging Economies

Mark Schankerman is Professor in Economics at the London School of Economics, Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance, and Research Fellow at the CEPR. He has a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, formerly taught at New York University, and was Research Associate at the NBER for ten years. He was Director of Policy Research and Advisor to the Chief Economist at the EBRD from 1995-2003, has worked at the World Bank on Africa, and has extensive consultancy experience in the private and public sectors.

He is widely published in scientific journals on patents, innovation, university technology transfer, productivity, open source software, and emerging economies. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Journal of Industrial Economics and was an editor of several journals. His book, The Comingled Code: Open Source and Economic Development (MIT Press, 2010, with Josh Lerner) was reviewed in The Economist (13 January 2011). In 2010-11 he was on the Panel of Experts for HMG Hargreaves Review of Intellectual Property and Growth.

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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