Prof Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers is a full professor at KULeuven (BE) at the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation. She is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel since 2009. She is also a CEPR Research Fellow, a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and of the Academia Europeana. From 2004-2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA Bureau of European Policy Analysis). She served on the ERC Scientific Council from 2012-2018 and on the RISE Expert Group advising the commissioner for Research. She is a member of VARIO, the expert group advising the Flemish minister for Innovation. She is currently a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of the journal Science and a co-PI on the Science of Science Funding Initiative at NBER.
With her research concentrated in the fields of industrial organisation, international economics and strategy, innovation and science, she has authored numerous well cited publications in leading international journals. Specific recent topics include novelty in technology development, international technology transfers through MNEs, global innovation value chains, young innovative companies, innovation for climate change, industry science links and their impact on firm’s innovative productivity, evaluation of research & innovation policy, explaining scientific productivity, researchers’ international mobility, novel scientific research.
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A better overview of which firms are most likely to adopt digital technologies and to innovate, and to turn these investments into productivity growth
In this paper, the authors identify novel technologies on a large-scale and map their re-use trajectories.
How can the background of mRNA technology development help us understand how public vaccine research and development policy can be improved?
Fostering the industrial component of the European Green Deal: key principles and policy options.
COVID-19 has reinforced traditional vaccine production patterns, but the global vaccine trade has changed considerably.
Can research and innovation policies power growth? The answer currently can only be a timid yes.
A ‘green industrial policy’ able to promote economic growth, job creation and environmental goals altogether will be fundamental to Europe’s climate c
This Blueprint examines how the European Union can develop a coherent green industrial policy that will serve the goals of the European Green Deal.
This Policy Contribution proposes a staged support scheme to tackle the COVID-19 vaccine challenge and a moon shot programme to meet the challenge of
This report sets out what the Wellcome Trust and Bruegel have learned from a project to simulate a negotiation process between the UK and EU to create
Small European firms are falling behind in the race to digitalise, but so are their American counterparts.
European Commission President-elect Ursula von der Leyen disseminated her mission letters to commissioner-designates. The letter to the commissioner-d
This blog post is part of a series following the 2019 Bruegel annual meetings, which brought together nearly 1,000 participants for two days of policy
This report, requested by the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy, analyses the EU’s potential to be a global centre of e
The electrification of vehicles has become a key trend in the automotive sector, driven by clean energy and climate-change concerns. In a scenario of
This Policy Contribution investigates the position of the European automotive industry in a scenario in which electrification substantially progresses
Voting is a central pillar of democracy. The US consistently scores lower than other Western democracies in voter turnout. The authors analyse the po
Testimony before the European Parliament's Committee on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE).
The author looks at how concentrated corporate R&D is in Europe, compared with sales and employment. The US and China are more likely to produce new R
Reinhilde Veugelers' chapter in "Investment and Growth in Advanced Economies", conference volume of the European Central Bank’s Forum on central bank
Europe needs to know how it can realise the potential for industrial rejuvenation. How well are European firms responding to the new opportunities for
Chinese R&D investment has grown remarkably over the past two decades. It is now the second-largest performer in terms of R&D spending, on a country b
Review of EU-third country cooperation on policies falling within the ITRE domain in relation to Brexit
What is the possible future relationship between the EU and the UK in light of Brexit? The report provides a critical assessment of the implications o
China's ambition to be a global leader in science and innovation by 2050 seems well within reach. The creation of US-Chinese science and technology ne
Research which explores unchartered waters has a high potential for major impact but also carries a higher uncertainty of having impact. Such explorat
This Policy Contribution examines the EU’s struggle to improve its capacity for innovation, in particular the differences between EU member states in
The dangerous cocktail of high debt and low growth in Europe calls for smart public investment that fosters growth whithout being a burden for public
The long-term impact of migration on innovation and productivity growth in host countries is a neglected issue in the current debate on refugees. Rese
Europe has lofty ambitions for building a socially and environmentally sustainable future on the basis of growth and prosperity through innovation. De
In today’s world of ever-increasing mobility, who is leaving Europe? In this piece, we examine the immigrants leaving the EU for the US. How many and
As masses of immigrants arrive at our doorstep each day, only to be denied entry, we cannot help but ask ourselves if the EU is doing enough. How many
The persistent deficiency in private R&D spending in Europe compared to the United States can be almost entirely accounted for by the EU having fe
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to boost investment in the EU has three pillars: (i) the creation of a European Fund for Stra
We further extend the information content in PATSTAT by linking it to Amadeus, a large database of companies that includes financial information. Pate
The Crisis affected public spending. Research and innovation is one area often highlighted as needing protection. This column does not find strong evi
Memos to the new EU leadership.
Are R&D budgets being smartly used to address growth? How is the crisis affecting public Research & Development budgets across the EU?
A previous article in this newsletter (issue 3, December 2012) demonstrated how selected Asian governments have come to view science as integral to ec
The data protection of EU citizens has been in focus ever since the surge in espionage scandals that began with the leaks from Edward Snowden. But bes
Europe's policies should focus on the high-end industries that are driving Europe's productivity growth.
Interview mit Bruegel-Forscherin Reinhilde Veugelers über die Renaissance der Industriepolitik.
‘Manufacturing Europe’s future’ means getting the policies right for firms to grow and prosper. It is not about picking one sector over another, but p
Articles published during the Bruegel/Korea Institute of Finance project on ‘EU-Korea policy responses to the global financial and economic crisis and
Global growth in research and development has been vigorous, with both public and private R&D investment increasing and growing more rapidly outsi
Growth in research and development spending globally has been vigorous, averaging nearly eight percent annually during the last five years. An ever-la
2012 was the year that the European Research Council (ERC) celebrated its 5th birthday. Although 5 years is still short for a sound evaluat
Europe's failure to specialise in new ICT sectors and firms is likely to hold back Europe’s post-crisis recovery. Europe lacks in particular leading
The report documents the impressive achievements of the European growth model over the last 50 years. Accounting for the stresses it is experiencing a
European Union policymakers have in principle put innovation at the heart of competitiveness, in particular in the Europe 2020 strategy. But in merg
Assessing the potential for knowledge-based development in the transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia
This paper zooms in on TFP’s contribution to growth in the transition countries of Central and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, in orde
Remedying the European Union’s deficient overall business research and development performance requires the nurturing of more new companies in new s