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First name, family name

Michael Peneder

Key areas of research

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

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

Other activities

Editor of the Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (2005-date)
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,Industrial & Corporate Change, Industry and Innovation, Journal of Economic Surveys, ... Cleaner Production,... Evolutionary Economics, 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
Expert to the Austrian Council for Research and Technology Development
Winner of the Rudolf Sallinger Science Award 2000 and the Stephan Koren Science Award 1999


Married to Beate Peneder; Children: Theresa (b. 1995) and Jonas (b. 1998)

Michael Peneder

Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO)

Arsenal, Objekt 20

1030 Vienna



Phone: +431 / 798 26 01 - 480

Fax: +431 / 798 93 86

Email: michael.peneder(at)wifo.ac.at

Last Update: 04/01/19