Research network

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

Oliver Falck

Ifo Institute
Other affiliations: 
LMU Munich
Research interests: 
Human Capital

Oliver Falck is the Ifo Professor of Empirical Innovation Economics at LMU Munich, Germany, and Director of the Center for Industrial Organization and new Technologies at the Ifo Institute, Germany. He is also the Program Director of CESifo, the world’s second largest, Europe-based research network in economics.

Oliver Falck received his Ph.D. in Economics from Technical University of Freiberg in 2006, and received his Habilitation from LMU in 2011 on innovation and regional economic development.

He has extensive experience in applied innovation and entrepreneurship research and is co-editor of the best-selling Handbook of Research on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Furthermore, he has published in leading international journals. He has extensively advised corporates and governments on innovation and growth strategies, and has been principal investigator on various studies for German federal ministries, the local government, foundations and companies for the last ten years.

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 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 Perez-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.

Guido Baltes

Constance University of Applied Sciences IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management
Other affiliations: 
CeTIM Munich/Leiden
Research interests: 
Strategic Management & Innovation
Innovation-Driven Growth Strategies
corporate entrepreneurship

Guido Baltes is a tenured professor at Constance University of Applied Sciences heading the IST Institute for Strategic Innovation & Technology Management. He teaches strategic management & innovation and entrepreneurial leadership. For postgraduate education he is faculty member of the NiTiM PhD school on Networks, IT & Innovation Management. His research deals with technology strategy, strategic innovation and corporate entrepreneurship. Currently, he focuses on entrepreneurial new business development teams as a means of ambidexterity as well as identifying success factors in entrepreneurial leadership. 

Guido Baltes acts as founder and co-founder of several startup companies. Before joining the university, he was responsible for strategy and marketing in the management board of one of Germany’s top three IT services companies. He holds a MSc in Aerospace Engineering (Federal University Munich), an MBA in Strategy and Organisation (University Hagen), and a PhD in Management of Technology (Federal University Munich).

Hasan Bakhshi

Other affiliations: 
Queensland University of Technology
Research interests: 
Experimental Research Methods
Creative Industries

Hasan Bakhshi leads Nesta's creative and digital economy policy and research.  Prior to Nesta, Hasan worked as Executive Director and Senior International Economist at Lehman Brothers, and as Deputy Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. He has eight years experience as an economist at the Bank of England. Hasan has published widely in academic journals and policy publications on topics ranging from economic growth to the economics of the creative and cultural sector.

His recent work includes an application of a randomised controlled trial in industrial policy and a quasi-field experiment in the performing arts. Hasan has a BA in Economics from Cambridge and an MPhil in Economics from the University of Oxford. Hasan is Adjunct Professor at the Queensland University of Technology and a member of the government’s Creative Industries Council. 

Henry Overman

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.

Howard Haines

Other affiliations: 
Utah State University
Research interests: 

Howard Haines is currently a PhD student in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences department at Utah State University. His research focus is on how people learn to persist and become successful entrepreneurs. He also has helped to create and advise several immersive venture accelerator programmes in Utah and Oklahoma in the past few years.

He presently serves as the executive director for Startup Utah, a volunteer entrepreneur community, and is part of an advisory team at the non-profit Quatere Foundries while teaching both offline and online entrepreneurship courses.  He also has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Brigham Young University.

Ina Ganguli

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Research interests: 
Labour Economics
Economics of Science and Innovation
International Development
Economic History

Ina Ganguli is an Assistant Professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She works on topics related to how individuals acquire and use their skills, particularly on science and innovation, immigration, and gender issues.

Much of her work is focused on the behaviour of high-skilled "knowledge" workers - scientists and engineers. Ina holds a PhD in Public Policy – Economics from Harvard University, a MPP in Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a BA in Mathematical Methods in Social Sciences, and Political Science from Northwestern University.

Inés Macho-Stadler

Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona
Research interests: 
Contracts and Incentives
Industrial Organisation
Applied Game Theory

Inés Macho-Stadler received her PhD from the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris, in 1989. She is professor at the Department of Economics, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and member of the Barcelona GSE and MOVE. Her research interest involves information theory, industrial organisation and applied game theory. Her work has been published, among others, in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Journal of Economic Theory, International Economic Review, and Games and Economic Behavior.

She has written the textbook “An Introduction to the Economics of Information: Incentives and Contracts” (joint with David Pérez-Castrillo), published by Oxford University Press. She is associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organisation, Journal of Economics and Management Strategy, Games and Economic Behavior, and Revue d'Economie Politique. She is fellow of the European Economic Association (EEA), the Spanish Economic Association and the CESIfo. 

Jeremy Shapiro

Busara Center for Behavioral Economics
Research interests: 
Economic Development
Behavioral Economics
Applied Policy Research

Jeremy Shapiro holds a PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has conducted research as a Post Doctoral Associate and Associate Research Scholar at Yale and Princeton Universities. His research focuses on economic development and behavioral economics, including multiple impact evaluations in India, the Philippines, South Africa, Kenya and Peru.

Jeremy is a co-founder and former director of GiveDirectly - an organization making direct cash transfers to low-income households in East Africa via mobile money technology. He is also President of the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, which conducts novel research in decision science and provides advisory services to the private, public and non-profit sectors.

John Van Reenen

Other affiliations: 
Research interests: 
Industrial Organisation
Competition Policy

John Van Reenen is Professor of economics at the London School of Economics, and Director of the Centre of Economic Performance since 2003. He is a fellow of the British Academy, the Econometric Society and the Society of Labor Economists.

In 2009 John was awarded the Yrjö Jahnsson Award, which is given to the best economist under the age of 45 “who has made a contribution that is significant to economics in Europe”. Van Reenen’s numerous works have had a particular focus on causes and consequences of innovation.

Most recently, his work has investigated how to increase management quality and productivity. He has been a senior policy advisor to 10 Downing Street, the UK Secretary of State for Health and the European Commission. John received his BA from the University of Cambridge, his MSc from the London School of Economics and his PhD from University College London.

Josh Lerner

Harvard University
Research interests: 
Private Equity
Venture Capital

Josh Lerner is the Jacob H. Schiff Professor of Investment Banking at Harvard Business School, and head of the Entrepreneurial Management unit. He co-directs the National Bureau of Economic Research’s Productivity, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Program and serves as co-editor of their publication, Innovation Policy and the Economy.

Lerner founded and runs the Private Capital Research Institute, a non-profit devoted to encouraging access to data and research about venture capital and private equity, and serves as vice-chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Investing. His research focuses mostly on venture capital, private equity, innovation policies and the impact they have on firm strategies.

Among other recognitions, he is the winner of the Swedish government’s Global Entrepreneurship Research Award.  Lerner graduated from Yale College with a special divisional major that combined physics with the history of technology and he holds a PhD from Harvard’s Economics Department.