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Reinhilde Veugelers

Senior Fellow

Expertise: Industrial organisation, international economics and strategy, innovation and science. CV: Download CV Twitter: @R_Veugelers

Professor Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers is a full professor at KULeuven (BE) in the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation.  She has been a Senior Fellow at Bruegel since 2009.  She is also a CEPR Research Fellow and a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences. From 2004-2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA Bureau of European Policy Analysis).  She was the President-Elect of EARIE (European Association for Research in Industrial Economics).  She currently serves on the ERC Scientific Council. She is a member of the "Research, Innovation, and Science Policy Experts" (RISE) high level group advising Commissioner Carlos Moedas.

She was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Sloan School of Management, MIT, Stern Business School, NYU (US),  UCL (BE), ECARES/ ULBrussels, (BE) Paris I (FR), GSE-Barcelona (ES),  UMaastricht (NL).

With her research concentrated in the fields of industrial organisation, international economics and strategy, innovation and science, she has authored numerous well cited publications in leading international journals.  Her research combines analytical frameworks, using micro-economics, game theory and economics of information models, with empirical, mostly econometric testing on large datasets.  Specific recent topics include cooperative R&D, international technology transfers through MNEs, young innovative companies, innovation for climate change,  industry science links and their impact on firm’s innovative productivity, performance of technology transfer offices at universities,  designing university spin-off contracts,  explaining scientific productivity,  researchers’ international mobility.  She coordinates a large, multidisciplinary research project on radical innovations and one on the impact assessment of RTD policy instruments.

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Policy Contribution

The European Union’s growing innovation divide

The European Union’s growing innovation divide

This Policy Contribution examines the EU’s struggle to improve its capacity for innovation, in particular the differences between EU member states in terms of their capacity to innovate.

By: Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: April 7, 2016
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Working Paper

Getting the most from public R&D spending in times of budgetary austerity

Getting the most from public R&D spending in times of budgetary austerity

The dangerous cocktail of high debt and low growth in Europe calls for smart public investment that fosters growth whithout being a burden for public finances. Can public spending in R&D sustain innovation and growth, and does it qualify as a smart investment?

By: Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: February 24, 2016
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Can mass migration boost innovation and productivity?

The long-term impact of migration on innovation and productivity growth in host countries is a neglected issue in the current debate on refugees. Research shows that these effects can be substantial, but if Europe wants to capitalize on this potential it will need better information systems to match migrants’ skill sets with host environments.

By: Nuria Boot and Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: February 10, 2016
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Matching research and innovation policies in EU countries

Matching research and innovation policies in EU countries

Europe has lofty ambitions for building a socially and environmentally sustainable future on the basis of growth and prosperity through innovation. Despite these policies and pronouncements, Europe’s performance on innovation remains weak. In this context, Rienhilde Veugelers assesses whether the deployment of innovation policy instruments in EU countries matches their innovation capacity performance relative to other EU countries.

By: Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 22, 2015
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EU immigration to the US: where is it coming from, and is brain drain real?

In today’s world of ever-increasing mobility, who is leaving Europe? In this piece, we examine the immigrants leaving the EU for the US. How many and how skilled are these immigrants? Is there evidence of brain drain?

By: Grace Choi and Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: September 16, 2015
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Europe’s true immigration capacity: what we can learn from the US green card system

As masses of immigrants arrive at our doorstep each day, only to be denied entry, we cannot help but ask ourselves if the EU is doing enough. How many immigrants can the EU really afford to accept? And more importantly, shouldn’t immigrants be granted permanent residence instead of temporary asylum?

By: Grace Choi and Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Global Economics & Governance Date: September 10, 2015
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Are European yollies more hampered by financial barriers than their US counterparts?

The persistent deficiency in private R&D spending in Europe compared to the United States can be almost entirely accounted for by the EU having fewer young firms, in the mould of Google or Amazon among its leading innovators. Even more importantly, these yollies (young leading innovators) that Europe does have are less R&D intensive.  Why do European yollies invest less in R&D than their US counterparts? 

By: Reinhilde Veugelers Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: May 19, 2015
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