First name, family name

Michael Peneder

  • Industrial Economics, Innovation Research, Firm demography




May 20, 1968, Steyr, Austria


  • 2017: Vienna University of Economics and Business, Habilitation in Economics
  • 1997-1999: Vienna University of Economics and Business, PhD in Economics;
  • 1986-1992: University of Vienna, Economics


  • German: mother tongue
  • English: excellent
  • French: good

Employment Record

  • 2022 to date; 2010-2013: Deputy director of WIFO
  • 1992 to date: Economist at WIFO
  • 2015, 2008, 2004: Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
  • 2005-2009: Co-ordinator of research unit 'Industrial Economics, Innovation and Trade',
  • 2016-2019, 2005-2009, 1996-1999: Lecturer at the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration
  • 1991/92: Research Assistant, Girozentrale, Treasury Department


Other activities

  • Expert to the Austrian Productivity Board (2022-2028)
  • Managing Editor of the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (2005-2019)
  • Chairman of the Committee on Evolutionary Economics of the German Economic Association (2018-19)
  • Lead manager of the international consortium for the annual European Competitiveness Reports (2006-2014)
  • Visiting Scholar (between 1 and 4 months): APARC, Stanford University (2015), KOF-ETH Zürich (2015), Schumpeter Archives, Harvard University (2009); Max Planck Institut, Jena (2004); Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (2003); International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Laxenburg, (1999); Centre for Research in Innovation and Competition, Manchester (1998); Institut de Recherches Economiques et Sociales, Louvain-la-Neuve (1991)
  • Board member of the Computing Centre for Economics and Social Sciences, Vienna (2010-2013)
  • Evaluator and Project Reviewer for the European Union’s 7th Framework Programme and the EU's Horizon 2020 Programme (since 2007)
  • Lead manager of the Austrian contribution to the EU KLEMS project (2004-2008)
  • Presentation of research papers at academic conferences, e.g. of the European Economic Association (EEA), European Association for Research in Industrial Organisation (EARIE), Global Finance Association (GFA), International Input Output Association (IIOA), Industrial Organization Society (IOS), and the International Schumpeter Society (ISS)
  • Referee for academic journals (e.g., Applied Economics, Cambridge Journal of Economics, China Economic Review, Industrial & Corporate Change, Industry and Innovation, Journal of Economic Surveys, ... Cleaner Production,... Evolutionary Economics, Oxford Economic Papers, Research Policy, Review of Income and Wealth, Review of Industrial Organization, Small Business Economics, Structural Change and Economic Dynamics).
  • External PhD examiner, University of Porto