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Staff Biography

[Photo: Anna VALERO] Dr Anna VALERO
ESRC Innovation Fellow - Growth
Tel:  020 7955 6975
Email: a.a.Sivropoulos-Valero@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.02 B  

Expertise: Productivity and innovation, firm organisation


Anna is ESRC Innovation Fellow at the CEP. Her research is focused on the drivers of productivity and innovation, and in particular the role of skills and universities in explaining differences in economic performance between firms and regions. Anna has also been working on UK productivity and industrial strategy more broadly, and in 2017 was a research director for the LSE Growth Commission. Anna received her PhD in economics at the LSE in 2018. Previously, she was a manager at Deloitte’s Economic Consulting practice.

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? This project studies how university growth impacts on local industry composition and productivity in the UK using panel data on firms and nearby university enrolments over the period 1997-2016.

UK Industrial Strategy: This broad project follows on from our Industrial Strategy chapter in the LSE Growth Commission's 2017 report. Working together with CEP colleagues we seek to gain a better understanding of the UK's sectoral and regional industrial structure, the effectiveness of different types of policy lever, and priority areas for industrial strategy that seeks to move the UK onto a sustainable and inclusive growth path.


  • 2018: PhD Economics, LSE
  • 2009-2011: MSc/MRes Economics, LSE, with Distinction
  • 2001-2002: MSc European Political Economy, LSE, with Merit
  • 2002-2005: qualified as a chartered accountant (ACA) with ICAEW
  • 1998-2001: BSc Economics, University of Nottingham, First Class Honours


  • ESRC Scholarship, 2010-2014
  • ESRC Innovation Fellowship, 2018-2021

Affiliations/Professional activities with other institutions:

  • Deloitte LLP - Manager, Economic Consulting, 2005-2010
  • Deloitte LLP - Assistant Manager, Audit, 2002-2005

Selected Publications:

CEP Publications

CEP Discussion Paper
Skill Biased Management: Evidence from Manufacturing Firms Andy Feng and Anna Valero
January 2019
Paper No' CEPDP1594:
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JEL Classification: I23; I26; J24; L2; M2

Tags: management practices; human capital; universities; complementarities

CEP Industrial Strategy Paper
Universities and Industrial Strategy in the UK: Review of Evidence and Implications for Policy Ghazala Azmat, Richard Murphy, Anna Valero and Gill Wyness
October 2018
Paper No' CEPIS06:
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JEL Classification: I23; I26; J24; O25; O30

Tags: higher education; universities; industrial strategy; growth; innovation

CEP Special Report
Industry in Britain - An Atlas Sandra Bernick, Richard Davies and Anna Valero
September 2017
Paper No' CEPSP34:
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| Maps (pdf)

JEL Classification: R12;O25;O52

Tags: productivity; business performance; regional disparities; uk economy; industrial strategy

CEP Discussion Paper
The Economic Impact of Universities: Evidence from Across the Globe Anna Valero and John Van Reenen
August 2016
Paper No' CEPDP1444:
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JEL Classification: I23; I25; J24; O10; O31

Tags: universities; growth; human capital; innovation

CEP Election Analysis
#ElectionEconomics: The Research Evidence on Key Issues for Voters in the 2015 UK General Election Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco Ottaviano, Henry Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness and Gabriel Zucman
April 2015
Paper No' CEPEA034:
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| Executive Summary (pdf)

Tags: 2015 uk general election; government policy; austerity; productivity; health; nhs; education; higher education; immigration; brexit; eu; inequality; real wages; unemployment; gender; management; productivity; uk housing; environment; climate change; uk cities; infrastructure; taxation