Professor Vania Sena

Deputy Director and research lead onLocal Economic Growth

Professor Vania Sena has previously worked at Leeds University Business School (LUBS), University of Leeds and at Aston Business School (ABS), Aston University.

Her first degree was awarded with laude by the University of Naples, Federico II, Naples, Italy; her postgraduate studies in Economics were carried out at the University of York, where she was awarded both the MSc and the DPhil in Economics. Her research focuses mainly on the econometric analysis of the determinants of productivity growth, both at the micro and macro level.

She also has an interest in the application of alternative methods (based on linear programming analysis) to the measurement of productivity. Her most recent research looks at the relationships amongst innovation activities, spatial concentration of human capital and total factor productivity. Her work has been published in Small Business Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, The Economic Journal, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Regional Studies, amongst others. Her work has been funded by several bodies including NESTA, the Leverhulme Trust, IPO, UKTI and the British Academy. In 2011, she was visiting fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, Harvard University.
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