Prof Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers is a full professor at KULeuven (BE) at the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation. She has been 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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The event discusses urgent policies in Germany for addressing labor shortages and fostering long-term economic growth.
At this event we will discuss how developments in productivity, industrial structures and SMEs are helping Italy to accelerate economic growth.
On-line only launch event for Bruegel Blueprint: Sparking Europe's new industrial revolution: a policy for net zero, growth and resilience
This book assesses what must be done to implement industrial policy in a way that will achieve overarching goals while minimising distortions.
The proposal for a Net Zero Industry Act still needs work before it can realize its objectives, according to a new paper by Bruegel.
Invitation-only event where we discuss NZIA and clean-tech investments in Europe.
How should Europe position itself in a world that is increasingly fragmented and polarized?
To what extent is geoeconomic fragmentation translating into a fragmentation of FDI?
How the EU might respond to clean tech subsidies, in the form of a leaked draft law entitled the Net Zero Industry Act (NZIA), is deeply worrisome.
This policy brief explains what is in the IRA, the impact on the EU and other economies, and how the EU should react.
At this closed-door event, we will address the strategic importance of the space industry to overall European industrial policy.
The Annual Meetings are Bruegel's flagship event which gathers high-level speakers to discuss the economic topics that affect Europe and the world.
A better overview of which firms are most likely to adopt digital technologies and to innovate, and to turn these investments into productivity growth
This Microprod policy conference discussed how productivity is affected by globalisation and digitisation.
In this event, panellists discussed corporate subsidies by China, the European Union and the United States.
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.
Bruegel Annual Meetings, Day 2 - In this session our speakers will discuss innovation and digitalisation.
The 2021 Annual Meetings gathered high-level speakers and participants to discuss how to recover from the crises brought on by the Covid pandemic
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
The EU needs to develop a strong green industrial policy. What should Europe's strategy look like and how can we achieve it?
This Blueprint examines how the European Union can develop a coherent green industrial policy that will serve the goals of the European Green Deal.
In the current legal climate, how can the EU, the US and the UK continue to share data?
Third day of Bruegel Annual Meetings.
Bruegel's flagship event transformed into a virtual conference for pandemic times
How can AI help us fight through a pandemic crisis?
Can the EU handle biological threats?
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.
During this event, Thomas Philippon presented his thesis on market concentration and explained the reasons behind the rising corporate market power in
This event will be a workshop, aiming to look into the design and implementation process of the European Green Deal. Each session will be introduced b
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
Bruegel's 2019 Annual Meetings will be held on 4-5 September and feature the launch of Bruegel's Memos to the New European Commission.
The 2019 Annual Meetings featured the launch of Bruegel's memos to the new European Leadership, proposing how to deal with future policy challenges
What is the current status of EU-China relations concerning innovation, and what might their future look like?
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
All-day conference about how the European policy-making will have to adapt to the digital transformation.
How can Europe catch up on the global electric vehicle race?
Empirical trends in markups and market power: their implications for productivity and growth
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
How can competition policy adapt to market changes caused by new technologies, digital platforms and big data companies?
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).
How to measure China's digital economy?
The 2018 Annual Meetings will be held on 3-4 September and will feature sessions on European and global economic governance, as well as finance, ener
Analysis of the legal issues with the current IP system for regulated market authorisations for pharmaceutical products, as well as its economic effec
On 6 June Bruegel is organising a closed-door brainstorming workshop on: The European automotive sector: future challenges and opportunities.
Do we need more effective support for EU companies, more targeted to threatened sectors of strategic importance to the EU? Do we need to revise our c
At this event, we looked into the progress made towards achieving the main priorities for strengthening the digital single market, the opportunities a
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
This event featured a new and interactive format, with a restricted and high-level on-site audience and in parallel, it has been livestreamed on our w
At this event, we will have the chance to discuss the final findings of OECD's project on Exit Policies and Productivity Growth, which started at the
What role is there for policy to address the funding barrier for scaling-up? Do we need a reorientation of the currently pursued policies in European
Reinhilde Veugelers' chapter in "Investment and Growth in Advanced Economies", conference volume of the European Central Bank’s Forum on central bank
The Annual Meetings are Bruegel’s flagship event.
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
How does big data generate economic value for firms and individuals? How should we respond to potential antitrust concerns?
Why is inclusive growth important and how do the EU’s social problems differ from social problems in other parts of the world?
The Annual Meetings are a high point in Bruegel's calendar.
The Annual Meetings are a high point in Bruegel's calendar.
We were pleased to welcome Paul Misener, Vice President of Global Public Policy at Amazon.com, to discuss innovation and regulation.
Research which explores unchartered waters has a high potential for major impact but also carries a higher uncertainty of having impact. Such explorat
This event discussed the evaluation of state aid and how it can contribute to better policy-making.
There were high expectations for the effect of the COMPETES Acts on the US research and innovation landscape. But were these expectations met and what
This Policy Contribution examines the EU’s struggle to improve its capacity for innovation, in particular the differences between EU member states in
The green agenda is a top priority of the Juncker commission. In this event we will focus the role of competition policy in promoting sustainability a
Amidst the short-term drama of the refugee and Schengen crises, it is time to look at the long-term effects of migration on European societies and eco
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
What are the economic and labour market implications of Europe's refugee influx?
Europe has lofty ambitions for building a socially and environmentally sustainable future on the basis of growth and prosperity through innovation. De
The patent system is never out of the spotlight. Do patents achieve their ultimate goal of incentivising innovation, or actually stifle it? The debate
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.