Alumni profile

Rodolfo Lauterbach

Thesis: Innovation in manufacturing from product variety and labor productivity growth to economic development in Chile, 2012

Promotor(s): Jacques Mairesse & Bronwyn Hall

After finishing my studies of Economics at Universidad de Chile in 2006, I have worked for two years as a researcher of INTELIS Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurial studies in Santiago. I presented my work on the MEIDE Conference in The Netherlands in May 2007. In 2006 and 2007 my papers were presented in several other seminars and conferences. In 2007 I taught Applied Econometrics at the Department of Engineering of the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. During 2006 and 2007 I also worked as assistant for Prof. Manuel Agosin on Economic Development and International Finance courses. In June 2008 I published my undergraduate thesis "Technological Innovation and Employment: Complements or Substitutes?" with Prof. Jose Miguel Benavente in The European Journal of Development Research (vol 20, issue 2).

In September 2008 I joined the PhD program of the United Nations University and Maastricht Economic and Social Research and Training Centre on Innovation and Technology UNU-MERIT. My PhD thesis research was carried out with the advice of Prof. Bronwyn Hall and Prof. Jacques Mairesse. During my PhD research I participated in several opportunities as a visiting researcher at CREST-INSEE in Paris where I worked with Prof. Jacques Mairesse. Part of my research was also conducted at the Economics Department of the University of California at Berkeley under the supervision of Prof. Bronwyn Hall. I also presented my work in progress at the MEIDE Conference 2009 in Rio do Janeiro, Brazil and at the MEIDE Conference 2010 in Tartu, Estonia, and Encuentros Conference in Berkeley 2011.

My PhD research, defended on December 4th 2012 at Maastricht University, is an econometric analysis of innovation in the Chilean manufacturing industry. It empirically measured the effects of innovation over labor productivity; it quantified markups of price over cost and the share of rents that are captured by employees in the manufacturing industry. This study also analyzed the level of development of the Chilean economy and compared its performance to other countries giving special attention to the role of R&D, human capital, and natural resources.

After finishing my PhD at UNU-MERIT I worked in the in the Scientific and Technological Research Directorate, DICTUC, at the Catholic University of Chile. In 2012 and 2013 I participated on Innovation Management Consulting Programs in Chilean firms. At DICTUC my research was funded by the National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research, CONICYT. My current research is framed in the Department of Economics of Universidad de Chile, at INTELIS Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurial studies.

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Rodolfo Lauterbach PhD Thesis December 4th 2012


Selected publications by Rodolfo Lauterbach