Research network

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

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.


Chuck Eesley

Stanford University
Research interests: 
Institutional Change

Chuck Eesley is Assistant Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Management Science and Engineering (MS&E). His research and teaching interests focus on institutions and technology entrepreneurship. He wants to find out which individual attributes, strategies and institutional arrangements optimally drive high growth entrepreneurship, and ultimately economic growth. In particular, Chuck’s research focuses on the determinants of high-growth, innovative firm creation across institutional contexts. He examines how the environment influences entrepreneurs and firms.

In 2010, Chuck received the Best Dissertation Award in the Business Policy and Strategy Division of the Academy of Management and he was recipient of the 2007 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation’s Dissertation Fellowship award. His work has been generously funded by Sequoia Capital,, the Kauffman Foundation, the MIT Entrepreneurship Center and Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP). Chuck earned his BS from Duke University and doctorate from the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Coen Rigtering

Utrecht University
Research interests: 
Behavioral Economics
corporate entrepreneurship

Coen Rigtering holds Master degree (cum laude) in Policy, Communication and Organization from the VU University in Amsterdam and a Ph.D. in Corporate Entrepreneurship from the Utrecht University School of Economics (U.S.E.). Currently, he works as an assistant professor at U.S.E specializing in corporate entrepreneurship, organizational theory and entrepreneurship. He has been a guest lecturer at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in 2009 and Stellenbosch University in 2010 and 2012.

His work is published in several academic journals such as: Review of Managerial Science, International Entrepreneurship and  Management Journal, and The Service Industries Journal. In 2012 he was named the USE Ph.D. student of the year. His primary research interests are in the field of corporate entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and strategic management in family businesses.

Daniel Ortega

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Social Inclusion

Daniel E. Ortega is Director of Impact Evaluation and Policy Learning at CAF – Development Bank of Latin America – and associate professor at IESA Business School.

His research has been in the area of microeconomics of development, with a focus on social experimentation and impact evaluation of anti-crime interventions in Latin America, such as police training programs in Colombia and Argentina as well as two hotspots patrol experimental evaluations in Bogotá and Medellin.

He is coordinator of CAF’s research program on citizen security and has recently led several experiments with tax authorities to evaluate strategies for increasing tax compliance. An overarching theme is the use of impact evaluation as a tool for public management, which can help public institutions transform their policy experience into a lasting knowledge footprint. His research has been published in several peer reviewed scholarly journals. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Maryland.

David Atkin

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
International Trade

David is an Associate Professor in the Economics Department at MIT. His research focuses on evaluating the impacts of trade liberalization on the poor in the developing world. His recent work has studied the impacts of trade on health and education, the costs of distance and the distribution sector in developing countries, and provided experimental evidence for the impacts of trade and industrial policy. David holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Princeton University.

David McKenzie

The World Bank
Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Firm Growth
Labour Interventions
Experimental Methodology

David McKenzie is a Lead Economist in the Development Research Group, Finance and Private Sector Development Unit. He received his B.Com.(Hons)/B.A. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand and his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

Prior to joining the World Bank, he spent four years as an assistant professor of Economics at Stanford University. His main research is on migration, enterprise development, and methodology for use with developing country data.

He has published more than 100 articles in journals such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Science, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Economic Journal, American Economic Journal: Applied Micro, Journal of Econometrics, and all leading development journals. He is currently on the editorial boards of the Journal of Development Economics, the World Bank Economic Review,  and Migration Studies. He is also a co-founder and regular contributor to the Development Impact blog.

David Morris

New Economy Manchester
Research interests: 
Public Policy Evaluation
Business Support
Skills Policy

David is Head of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Evaluation team. He has particular expertise in relation to the evaluation of business support, skills and employment initiatives and leads New Economy’s work in training officers nationwide in how to apply appraisal and evaluation techniques.

David is also part of a team of GM officers working with government and partners such as the network of What Works Centres to ensure robust evaluation of GM’s various Devolution Deals.

David Pérez-Castrillo

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Research interests: 
Game Theory
Innovation Economics
Economics of Science and Innovation

David Pérez-Castrillo earned a PhD in economics from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, in 1991. He had previously graduated in Mathematics from the University of the Bask Country in Bilbao. David is currently Professor at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE. He is also MOVE, CODE and CESIfo Research Affiliate. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Economics Letters, SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association, and the International Game Theory Review.

David has been awarded the Distinció per a la Promoció de la Recerca Universitària of the Generalitat de Catalunya for Young Researchers, an ICREA Academia chair and the Arrow Price of the BE Journal. His research on game theory and applied microeconomics has been published, among others, in American Economic Review, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, and Games and Economic Behavior. 

Diego Comin

Dartmouth College
Research interests: 
Economic Development
International Economics Tourism

Diego Comin is a Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College. He is also Research Fellow at the Center for Economic Policy Research and Faculty Research Fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research's Economic Fluctuations and Growth Program. Comin is a fellow for the Institute of New Economic Thinking (INET).

Professor Comin has published multiple articles in top economic journals on the topics of business cycles, technology diffusion and economic growth. He has also authored cases studies published in the book Drivers of Competitiveness. Comin’s research has been supported by the Gates foundation, the National Science Foundation, the C.V. Star Foundation, and the Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung (ZEW). Comin has advised the Prime Minister of Malaysia on its development strategies and has consulted for the ECB, World Bank, IMF, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Citibank, Danish Science Ministry, and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) of the government of Japan.

Professor Comin received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 2000. Since then, he has been Assistant Professor of Economics at New York University and Associate Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School (HBS) where he taught both in the MBA and in executive programs. He has also designed and led immersion programs in Peru and Malaysia for which he received the Apgar Prize for Innovation in Teaching from the HBS Dean.

Diego Ubfal

Bocconi University
Other affiliations: 
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.

Donald Sull

MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. Donald Sull is a global expert on strategy and execution in turbulent markets. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management group at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he teaches courses on Competitive Strategy and Strategy Execution in Volatile Markets. He was formerly a Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Harvard and the London Business School, winning teaching awards at both universities. He earned his bachelors, masters, and doctorate at Harvard University.

The Economist named him “a rising star in a new generation of management gurus,” and identified his theory of active inertia  as an idea that shaped business management over the past century. Fortune listed him among the ten new management gurus. Sull has published five books and over 100 case studies and articles, including ten best-selling Harvard Business Review articles. His next book, Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World, is co-authored with Kathleen Eisenhardt, a professor at Stanford’s school of engineering, and will be published in April 2015.

Sull is currently using big data to measure and quantify how well organizations execute their strategy.  Sull and Rebecca Homkes have developed a state-of-the-art survey to assess execution capacity. He also designed and directed an action research program with the  Young Presidents’ Organization to quantify the impact of interventions to increase execution capacity.

Sull has served as a director of the Business Strategy Review, London Business School’s quarterly journal, and as an academic advisory board member of the McKinsey Quarterly. He is currently a judge for the Harvard Business Review’s McKinsey Award, which recognizes the best articles published each year in that magazine.  

Prior to academia, Sull worked as a strategy consultant with McKinsey & Company, and a management-investor with the leveraged buyout firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice. He is an active investor in start-ups and advises the top management teams of several leading multinationals including Royal Bank of Canada, Standard Chartered Bank, Baker & McKenzie, Burberry, Investec, PIMCO, and several members of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Sull splits his time between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

Elizabeth Lyons

School of Global Policy & Strategy
UC San Diego
Research interests: 
Organisational Economics
Innovation Economics
labour markets

Elizabeth Lyons is an Assistant Professor of Management at UC San Diego's School of Global Policy and Strategy. She received her PhD in Strategic Management from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2014. Her research primarily employs lab and field experiments to test questions related to organizational and innovation economics with labor and management as a common underlying theme. Her research has been published in the Journal of International Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Strategic Management Journal, and featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and other major media outlets. She is a recipient of the 2016 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowships in Entrepreneurship Research.

Eric Verhoogen

Columbia University
Other affiliations: 
International Growth Centre (IGC)
Bureau for Research in the Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD)
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
Research interests: 

Eric Verhoogen is a Professor in the Department of Economics and School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His main research area is industrial development – applied microeconomic research on firms in developing countries. This area overlaps with the fields of development economics, international trade, labor economics, and industrial organization. A recurrent theme in his work is the process of quality upgrading in the manufacturing sectors of developing countries – its causes, consequences, and broader implications. Verhoogen is a former co-editor of the Journal of Development Economics and is currently serving as the Vice Dean of the School of International and Public Affairs.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California.