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[Photo: Isabelle ROLAND] Dr Isabelle ROLAND
Associate - Growth
Email: I.Roland@lse.ac.uk
Room/Desk: 32L 2.03 T  

Oxford University

Expertise: Resource allocation and productivity; Impact of financial frictions on investment; Financial services trade; Management practices and corporate investment.


Isabelle is a Research Economist at the CEP. She received her B.Sc. in Economics at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and her PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research is focused on the impact of financial frictions on productivity and growth. Prior to joining CEP, Isabelle worked in the Economic Consulting practice of LECG where she worked on a number of projects on regulatory and competition economics for clients in the telecommunications, utilities, and financial sectors. She also worked as a Research Analyst at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development covering Central and Eastern Europe.

Current Areas of Research:

Macroeconomics and Growth: Resource allocation and productivity; International Economics: Impact of financial frictions on international trade, Financial services trade; Financial Economics: Management practices and corporate finance; Innovation: Management practices and patenting activity.


  • BSc in Economics, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
  • MSc/MRes in Economics, London School of Economics
  • PhD in Economics, London School of Economics


  • ESRC Scholarship (2009-2013)
  • Paul Woolley Centre Scholarship (2013-2016)
  • Lamfalussy Fellowship from the European Central Bank (2015)

Selected Publications:

  • Fabrizio Coricelli, Nigel Driffield, Sarmistha Pal, and Isabelle Roland (2012), When does leverage hurt productivity growth? A firm-level analysis, Journal of International Money and Finance, Vol 31(6), October 2012, pp.1674-1694

CEP Publications

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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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