Research network

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

Nir Vulkan

Oxford University Saïd Business School
Research interests: 
Market Design
Personality and Financial Decision making

Nir Vulkan is a Professor of Business Economics at Saïd Business School and a Fellow of Worcester College, both at the University of Oxford. He is a leading authority on e-commerce and market design, and on applied research and teaching on hedge funds.

Nir is author of one of the leading texts on the microeconomics of e-commerce, The Economics of E-Commerce: A Strategic Guide to Understanding and Designing the Online Marketplace. The book analyses online trading mechanisms and the way in which web-based technologies such as bidding elves, smart agents and shopping bots, influence the behaviour of consumers and retailers. More recently, Nir has edited, with Al Roth and Zvika Neeman, The Handbook of Market Design. The handbook contains a selection of the latest research in the growing field of market design, and draws on Vulkan’s interest and expertise in markets, both virtual and those confined to particular geographical locations. He is particularly interested in how lessons from successful and unsuccessful markets can be learned and transferred to different environments.

Adriana Camacho

Universidad de los Andes
Research interests: 
Impact Evaluation of Social Programmes

Adriana Camacho received her Ph.D in Economics from Brown University in 2007. She is an Associate Professor at the Economics Department from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She is the academic advisor for several ongoing projects led by the Direction of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning at CAF.

She recently served for the Colombian Government as Director of Monitoring and Evaluation of Public Policies at the Department of National Planning. She has held visiting research positions at Center for Global Development, World Bank- Latin America Chief Economist office and DIW (Berlin).

She was editor of the Desarrollo y Sociedad Journal and now serves as invited editor for the Latin American Economic Review journal. She has carried out evaluation of social programs and their direct impacts on health and education, as well as its indirect effects on informality, political participation, and crime among others. She has studied the impact of the conflict on health and business activity. Her research has been published in international journals AER-pp, AEJ: Policy, WBER, EDCC, JCR, and The Lancet.  It has been funded by the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare, IADB, the World Bank, ESRC / DFID and National Planning Department.

Albert Banal-Estañol

Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Other affiliations: 
City University
Barcelona GSE
Research interests: 
Corporate Finance
Competition Policy
Market Regulation
Environmental Sciences

Albert Banal-Estañol is Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, programme director of the MSc in Corporate Finance and Banking at the UPF-Barcelona School of Management, affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (BGSE), and affiliated Reader at City University London.

Previously, he has held teaching and research positions at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Northwestern University in the US, University of Cambridge, UCL, and London Business School in the UK, and the University of Munich in Germany.

Alongside his academic work, Albert has provided consultant advice to merging companies and competition authorities, and has delivered executive training courses for government agencies, regulators and private companies. He holds a PhD in Economics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, an MSc in Mathematics from Université Paul Sabatier, and a BSc in Mathematics from the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.

Albert Bravo-Biosca

Other affiliations: 
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Research interests: 
Financial Markets
Firm Dynamics

Albert is Senior Economist at Nesta, where he has led the development of the Innovation Growth Lab. His prior work has been at the intersection of innovation, growth and finance. He led two of Nesta’s major research programmes in this area, one exploring business growth dynamics and its drivers in the UK and internationally, the other examining the contribution of intangible assets to productivity growth.

Among others, his research has also looked at the drivers of venture capital performance, the linkages between financial institutions and innovative performance, and the effectiveness of innovation policy. Albert holds a PhD in Economics from Harvard University, a MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a BA in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is guest professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He has also been visiting economist at the OECD and consultant for the World Bank.

Albina Khairullina

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
Research interests: 
Intellectual Property
Patent Data
Innovative Cycles

Albina has been a PhD Candidate under the supervision of Prof. Christopher Tucci since September 2016. She holds a M.Sc. in Economics from Perm State University (Russia) and M.Sc. in Management from HEC Lausanne. Her research focuses on strategic aspects of intellectual property (IP) and IP assessment for companies. Particularly, she is interested in patent data and innovative cycles. In a collaborative form with IP team at Nestlé, she is developing a complex framework for the intellectual management in the context of Open Innovation. As a part of her research, Albina participates in a joint study with prof. Neil Thompson from MIT X-Lab.​


Alessandro Maffioli

Inter-American Development Bank
Other affiliations: 
Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy
Research interests: 
International Development

Alessandro Maffioli is a Principal Economist in the Office of Strategic Planning and Development Effectiveness at the Inter-American Development Bank, where he coordinates the unit’s work on impact evaluation in the area of production development and credit. During his ten-year experience at the IDB, Alessandro has coordinated several impact evaluations of projects in the areas of agricultural development, science and technology, SMEs’ productivity and access to credit.

Prior to joining the IDB in 2004, Alessandro spent five years at the Center for Research on Latin American and Transition Economies (ISLA) of Bocconi University, where he focused his research on economics of innovation and regional economics. Alessandro holds a Ph.D. in Economics of Production and Development the University of Insubria, Italy. Since 2012, Alessandro is adjunct assistant professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy of the Georgetown University.

Alicia Robb

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
Other affiliations: 
University of California Berkeley
University of Colorado Boulder
Research interests: 
Entrepreneurial Finance

Alicia Robb is a senior fellow with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and the principal investigator on the Kauffman Firm Survey. She is also a research associate at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the Centre for European Economic Research.

The author of two books, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles, Robb is a leading expert in small business financing in the United States, participating in SME financing initiatives by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the G20 Working Group on SME financing, and the European Central Bank. She also is a leading expert on women and minority entrepreneurship and currently sits on the National Advisory Board for Minority Business Enterprises.

Robb received her PhD in economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, specializing in econometrics and economic development.

Andrew King

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 
Corporate Innovation

Andrew is a Senior Researcher and PhD Candidate affiliated with Darden’s Batten Institute. He has a particular interest in understanding the cognitive underpinnings driving teams and organisations that persistently innovate and produce unpredictable solutions. His research projects span from high-growth leadership and growing entrepreneurial ecosystems to studying the cognitive factors driving corporate innovation. He has conducted and presented pilot studies measuring the cognitive impacts of innovation training using controlled trials.

His proposed dissertation investigates the evolution of innovation teams that operate using learned entrepreneurial and design thinking logics. Andrew recently co-authored the book “Solving Problems with Design Thinking: 10 Stories of What Works” with Jeanne Liedtka and Kevin Bennett. He is also responsible for managing the Darden & Cambridge Judge Entrepreneurship and Innovation Research Conference series. Andrew holds a BA in Economics from Sewanee, and an MSc in International Management from Oxford Brookes University.

Asif Mehedi

University of Virginia Darden School of Business
Research interests: 

Asif Mehedi works as a Research Associate in the thought leadership team of the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, at the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia. He is a native of Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he had worked at development financial institutions and for a non-profit to develop local small and medium-sized businesses.

In the latter role, he partnered with industry associations and promising entrepreneurs to design and execute high-impact growth initiatives which had both social and economic objectives. Asif has an MBA from University of Virginia.

Casper Jørgensen

The Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship
Research interests: 
Impact of Intrepreneurship Education

Casper Jørgensenis an economist with skills in measurement the quantitative statistical impact of education in entrepreneurship.

Cédric Schneider

Copenhagen Business School
Other affiliations: 
KU Leuven
Research interests: 
Innovation Policy

Cédric Schneider is an Associate Professor at the Copenhagen Business School, department of Economics. His research focuses on a broad range of questions in the economics of innovation: the financing of innovation, the analysis of innovation using patent data, patent policy, innovation and productivity and innovation in the context of university-industry collaboration.

Chaning Jang

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Other affiliations: 
Princeton University
Research interests: 
Behavioral Economics

Chaning is a post-doctoral research associate at Princeton University and the Associate Scientific Director at the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics. He is interested in the intersections of psychology, behavioral economics and development. Chaning’s current work includes a variety of lab, field, and lab-in-the-field work, primarily in Kenya.

Ongoing work includes RCTs on the effects of lottery savings mechanisms on savings balances, how behavioral interventions affect the take up of micro insurance and the effect of health insurance on stress. Other work includes a number of lab experiments on the effect of stress on economic and social decision-making and the effect of work on subjective wellbeing.  Chaning has a PhD in economics from the University of Hawaii.

Christian Catalini

MIT Sloan School of Management
Research interests: 
Economics of Innovation
Digital Currencies
Scientific Productivity

Christian Catalini is the Fred Kayne (1960) Career Development Professor of Entrepreneurship and Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His research focuses on crowdfunding, Bitcoin, how proximity affects the recombination of ideas, and the economics of science.

In 2009-10 he was a visiting scholar at Harvard IQSS. He has presented his research on proximity and innovation at a variety of institutions including Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, and London Business School. Christian holds a BE in International Markets and New Technologies, and an MSc in Economics and Management of New Technologies from Bocconi University, Milan, and a PhD in Strategic Management from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Christina Ungerer

Constance University of Applied Sciences IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
Other affiliations: 
NITIM graduate school
Research interests: 
Technology Management
Market Research
Strategic Management

Christina Ungerer joined the IST institute at Constance University of Applied Sciences in July 2015. She is a PhD candidate at the NITIM doctoral program ( under the supervision of Guido Baltes. Within the research fields of entrepreneurship and innovation, she is exploring indicators for survival and growth of technology-based ventures. Current projects in particular focus on the effectiveness of business coaching on ventures’ survival capabilities and the analysis of business plans. 

Before starting her PhD, Christina worked as a consultant in the automotive industry where she engaged in strategy development as well as project and process management. Being involved in a technology-based startup between 2010 and 2015, she simultaneously gathered experience in the high-tech venture ecosystem. She graduated with a BSc in International Business from Pforzheim University in 2011 and with a MSc in International Management from Northeastern University (Boston) and Reutlingen University in 2014.

Christoph Ihl

Hamburg University of Technology
Other affiliations: 
TUHH Institute of Entrepreneurship
Research interests: 
Team Formation and Composition
Social Networks
Cultural Embeddedness
Social Influence
Social Judgement

Christoph Ihl is a professor of entrepreneurship at Hamburg University of Technology, where he heads the Institute of Entrepreneurship and acts as academic director of “Startup Dock”, the university’s entrepreneurship center. His research focuses on the formation and evaluation of innovative ideas, teams, projects or ventures under the impact of social and cultural networks in domains such as digital startups, science or creative industries.

Prior to joining Hamburg University of Technology, he was assistant professor at RWTH Aachen University. He obtained his doctoral degree from Technische Universität München, a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and management from Berlin University of Technology and participated in University of British Columbia’s MBA program in Vancouver.

Christopher Tucci

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

Christopher L. Tucci is Professor of Management of Technology at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, where he holds the Chair in Corporate Strategy & Innovation. He received the Ph.D. in Management from the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Before going back for his PhD, his prior work experience was as an industrial computer scientist at Ford Aerospace, where he was involved in developing Internet protocols in the 1980s. Dr. Tucci’s primary area of interest is in technological change and how waves of technological changes influence entrant / incumbent dynamics. He is also studying how the technological changes brought about by the popularization of the Internet affect firms in different industries. He is the co-author of the books Nurturing Science-Based Ventures and Internet Business Models and Strategies, and has published articles in, among others, Academy of Management Review, Strategic Management Journal, Management Science, IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management, Research Policy, Communications of the ACM, Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal, and Journal of Product Innovation Management. Professor Tucci is the Technology & Innovation Management Department Editor for the IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management and on the Editorial Board of Organization Science. In 2004, he was elected to the five-year division leadership track of the Academy of Management’s Technology and Innovation Management (TIM) Division, serving as the Program Chair in 2005 and the Division Chair in 2007. In 2010, he was elected to the leadership track of the Strategic Management Society's Strategy & Entrepreneurship Division.