Pluvia Zuniga

Affiliated researcher

Pluvia Zuniga is a researcher in the field of economics of innovation and intellectual property. She obtained her university degree in Economics from Monterrey Institute of Technology in Mexico, and master and Ph. D. at the Paris School of Economics in France. She has been researcher at the Catholic University of Leuven (2005-2006) and affiliated professor at the University of Paris Dauphine where she taught Economics of Intellectual Property (2006-2007). Her research has focused on the new uses of patents (strategic behavior and patent markets), industry-science links (in both high income and middle income countries), R&D strategies by firms, the impact of innovation on productivity and the importance of financial constraints on innovation investment. Doctor Zuniga has also worked on the development of methodologies for new metrics in Science and Technology (e.g. OECD Patent Statistics Manual, 2009; Science, Technology and Innovation in Latino America and the Caribbean, IDB 2010). She has worked at the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development as economist at the Directorate of Science, Technology and Industry (2006-2009) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), at the Department of Science and Technology (2009-2011). She has published in leading economic journals including International Journal of Industrial Organization, Industrial and Corporate Change and Economics of Innovation and New Technologies. She is consultant before the IDB and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and other international and governmental organizations.




Selected publications by Pluvia Zuniga


Articles (journal, professional, popular)
Crespi, Gustavo A., Elena Arias Ortiz, Ezequiel Tacsir, Fernando Vargas & Pluvia Zuniga, 2014, Innovation for economic performance: the case of Latin American firms, Eurasian Business Review, 4(1): 31-50, More information


UNU-MERIT Working Papers
Martinez, Catalina & Pluvia Zuniga, 2016, Contracting for technology transfer: patent licensing and know-how in Brazil, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-065
Zuniga, Pluvia, 2016, Innovation system in development: The case of Peru, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2016-058
Arias Ortiz, Elena, Gustavo A. Crespi, Ezequiel Tacsir & Pluvia Zuniga, 2013, Innovation for economic performance: The case of Latin American firms, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2013-028
Crespi, Gustavo A. & Pluvia Zuniga, 2012, Innovation strategies and employment in Latin American firms, UNU-MERIT Working Paper 2012-022


External working papers
Tacsir, Ezequiel, Elena Arias Ortiz, Gustavo A. Crespi, Fernando Vargas & Pluvia Zuniga, 2013, Innovación para el desempeño económico El caso de las empresas en América Latina y el Caribe, En esta nota técnica se analiza una amplia gama de indicadores de innovación con el fin de describir el comportamiento de las empresas manufactureras en la región de América Latina y el Caribe, a partir de los Enterprise Surveys 2010, recientemente public, More information
Tacsir, Ezequiel, Gustavo A. Crespi, Pluvia Zuniga, Fernando Vargas & Elena Arias Ortiz, 2012, Innovation for Economic Performance: The Case of Latin American and Caribbean Firms, In this note, a wide range of innovation indicators are analyzed in order to describe the innovation behavior of manufacturing firms in the Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) region using the recently released Enterprise Surveys 2010. The Enterprise Surve, More information


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