Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber has been an economist at WIFO in the Research Group "Industrial Economics, Innovation and International
Competition" since 2004. Before joining WIFO she worked in the economic department of the Austrian Regulatory Authority for
Broadcasting and Telecommunication (RTR). Her main research interests are in the fields of competitiveness, digital transformation,
telecom sector, industrial policies, structural change, headquarters and international economics. She has participated in
or led a number of national and international projects and is the author of numerous publications in these fields. For example,
she has been working on a redefinition of the concept of competitiveness within the framework of the "WWWforEurope" project
funded by the EU's 7th Framework Programme. Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber has also worked for many years as an expert to and
part of the organisational team of the Research Centre International Economics (FIW) – which offers economic policy advice
and analysis in this field – and has been in charge of the publication "Austria's External Economic Relations" 2007 to 2010.
Most recently, she worked on projects to evaluate the Broadband Strategy 2020 and led a project on Austria's broadband demand
deficit. Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber studied economics at the University of Vienna (Magister) and was a lecturer (Industrial
Policy) at the TU Wien.