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Karen E. Wilson

Karen E. Wilson

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Entrepreneurship, Innovation, Finance Twitter: @BruegelKaren

Karen joined Bruegel as a Visiting Fellow in September 2012 and became a Senior Fellow in November 2013. She has worked in the Structural Policy Division of the Science, Technology and Industry Directorate at the OECD since 2009 and served as a Senior Fellow at the Kauffman Foundation from 2008-2012. She is an Associate Fellow at the Said Business School at Oxford University and a Visiting Lecturer at the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga. Karen is the founder of GV Partners, a research and consulting firm she created in 2004. Her work at Bruegel focuses on entrepreneurship and innovation.

Karen is a Board Member and Advisor of the European Foundation for Entrepreneurship Research (EFER), a member of the European Leadership Council for Harvard Business School, a Research and Policy Advisor for the U.K. Prince’s Trust Youth Business International (YBI), and an expert on the European Commission Horizon 2020 Access to Risk Finance Advisory Group. She is the author of a number of publications on entrepreneurship and finance.

Prior to founding GV Partners, Karen worked with a leading international venture capital firm. Previously, she was part of the senior management team at the World Economic Forum and, before that, served as the Executive Director of the Global Initiative at Harvard Business School. She received, with honors, a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Declaration of interests 2015

Contact information

karen.wilson@bruegel.org

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External Publication

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Seven years after the crisis: intersecting perspectives

This joint publication brings together the papers produced as part of the first collaboration between Bruegel and the OCP Policy Center. Within the theme of “Seven Years after the Crisis: Intersecting Perspectives” our two organisations launched a “Platform for Advanced & Emerging Economies Policy Dialogue” in Rabat on 1 April 2016.

By: Rim Berahab, Nuria Boot, Uri Dadush, Karim El Aynaoui, Karim El Mokri, Simone Tagliapietra, Karen E. Wilson, Guntram B. Wolff and Georg Zachmann Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: August 19, 2016
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Blog Post

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Youth unemployment in the Mediterranean region and its long-term implications

Youth unemployment in the Mediterranean region has consequences for the whole of Europe. Tackling youth unemployment in the region must continue to be a high policy priority.

By: Nuria Boot, Karen E. Wilson and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: April 13, 2016
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Blog Post

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Innovation and sustainability of European healthcare systems

The EU health sector represents 10% of GDP, 15% of public expenditure and 8% of the workforce, and has high potential for innovation and growth. Improvements in people's health impact productivity, labour supply, employability and workforce mobility.

By: Karen E. Wilson Date: January 28, 2016
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Policy Contribution

The growing intergenerational divide in Europe

The growing intergenerational divide in Europe

During seven years of economic crisis, the intergenerational income and wealth divide has increased in many European Union countries. This paper reviews the pension reforms implemented by several countries and it provides policy recommendations to address the intergenerational divide.

By: Pia Hüttl, Karen E. Wilson and Guntram B. Wolff Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: November 10, 2015
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Working Paper

THE GLOBALIZATION OF ANGEL INVESTMENTS

The globalisation of angel investments

Nature and consequences of angel investments across a variety of geographies with varying levels of venture capital markets and other forms of risk capital.

By: Josh Lerner, Antoinette Schoar, Stanislav Sokolinski and Karen E. Wilson Topic: Finance & Financial Regulation, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: September 1, 2015
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