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.

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 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.

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.

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.