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[Photo: Anna VALERO] Ms Anna VALERO
Research Economist - Growth
Tel:  020 7955 7806
Email: a.a.Sivropoulos-Valero@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.11 F  

Expertise: Productivity and innovation, firm organisation, labour economics


Anna is a Research Economist at the CEP, and an Economics PhD candidate at the London School of Economics. Her research is focused on the drivers of productivity and innovation, and in particular how management practices and workforce skills affect the productivity of firms and regions. In addition to her academic work, Anna has been working on issues surrounding the UK productivity challenge. Before resuming her studies, Anna was a manager at Deloitte’s Economic Consulting practice where she specialised in regulatory, competition and strategic economics. Prior to that she worked in Deloitte’s audit practice where she qualified as a chartered accountant.

Current Areas of Research:

Skill biased management, evidence from manufacturing firms: Management quality varies widely within countries, regions and industries. Using the World Management Survey on manufacturing plants, this research (with Andy Feng) explores variation in workforce skills as a driver of differences in management practices.

The economic impact of universities: How do universities affect the productivity of their surrounding regions and firms? One project (with John Van Reenen) looks at subnational data on universities around the world since the 1950s, finding that universities matter for regional economic growth. Another project focuses on the UK linking higher (and further education) colleges to firm outcomes.


  • 2010-2011: MRes Economics, LSE, with Distinction
  • 2009-2010: MSc Economics, LSE, with Distinction
  • 2001-2002: MSc European Political Economy, LSE, with Merit
  • 2002-2005: ACA, ICAEW
  • 1998-2001: BSc Economics, University of Nottingham, First Class Honours


  • ESRC Scholarship, 2010-2014

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • Deloitte LLP - Manager, Economic Consulting, 2005-2010
  • Deloitte LLP - Assistant Manager, Audit, 2002-2005
  • ICAEW - Member as a Chartered Accountant

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications: