Susanne Bärenthaler-Sieber is Senior Economist at WIFO and has been working 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.