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Assoc. Prof. Michael Peneder

Function: Senior Economist, Deputy Director, Research
Research groups: Industrial, Innovation and International Economics
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  • Michael Peneder is Senior Economist at WIFO and has been working in the Research Group "Industrial, Innovation and International Economics" since 1992 (from 2005 to 2009 as its coordinator). From 2010 to 2013, he was Deputy Director of WIFO, responsible for research coordination. Important international projects under his leadership include the coordination of the EUKLEMS Productivity Accounts for Austria (2003-2007), the annual reports of the European Commission on European Competitiveness (from 2006 to 2014 as head of the international consortium) and a study on efficient energy technologies in the DACH region (2015-2016, co-financed by the Austrian Science Fund). Since 2005 he is co-editor of the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade. As chairman of the Committee for Evolutionary Economics he was a member of the extended board of the Verein für Socialpolitik (German Economic Association; 2018-2019). He studied economics at the University of Vienna and at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (habilitation 2017). In addition to his ongoing teaching activities in Vienna, he was a visiting professor at the Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto (2004, 2008, 2015) and a visiting researcher at the Universities of Harvard (2009, 2018) and Stanford (2003, 2015). Regularly publishing in international academic journals, his research focusses on competitiveness, productivity, innovation and entrepreneurial finance.
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Research scope
  • Competitiveness
  • Digital transformation
  • Industrial economics and industrial policy
  • Innovation and technological progress