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Dr Bettina Becker

Economics, Finance & Entrepreneurship Department

Bettina Becker

Bettina Becker joined Aston Business School in January 2014, having previously worked as Senior Research Officer at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) in London, Lecturer in Economics at Loughborough University and Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich.

Bettina holds a PhD in Economics from Birkbeck College at the University of London, an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics, and a Diplom (MA equivalent) in Economics from the University of Bonn, one year of which she studied Economics at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Bettina’s research focuses on R&D and innovation, SMEs, foreign direct investment and firm performance. Her research has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Anglo-German Foundation and the German Research Foundation (DFG). Her work is published in international journals such as Regional Studies, Small Business Economics, and International Journal of Finance and Economics.

Position: Lecturer in Entrepreneurship
Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3339
Email: b.becker@aston.ac.uk  
Room: SW1019

  • PhD, Birkbeck College, University of London; Economics; ‘The Determinants of Investment in Research and Development in a Panel of UK Manufacturing Industries’, 2006
  • MSc, London School of Economics and Political Science, Economics, 1999
  • Diplom (MA Equivalent), University of Bonn, Economics, 1998 (incl. one year at University of Cambridge)
  • Lecturer, Aston University (January 1, 2014 - Present)
  • Lecturer, Loughborough University (November 2006 - December 2013)
  • Researcher, Ifo Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich (November 2004 - September 2006)
  • Senior Research Officer, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London (January 2004 - September 2004)
  • Research Officer, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London (March 2001 - December 2003)
  • Research Officer, Seminar for Economic Policy and Institute for Economic Policy (until December 2000) at the University of Cologne (both part-time)(November 1999 - January 2001).

I teach modules in Economics of Innovation, International Entrepreneurship, and Introduction to Econometrics.

  • R&D and innovation
  • SMEs
  • Foreign direct investment
  • Firm and industry performance

Ongoing or recent work include the linkages between public R&D policy and private R&D investment; firms’ innovation objectives and knowledge acquisition strategies; standardisation and firm innovation; the determinants of R&D; the linkages between domestic and foreign R&D and differences between high-tech and low-tech industries; the labour market effects of FDI; and SMEs and regional economic growth, with a focus on regional spatial dependence. My research typically is quantitative in nature and has a policy dimension.

Whilst at NIESR London, I co-coordinated the quarterly European economic forecast, co-managed the database of the National Institute’s global econometric model (NiGEM), and was involved in the econometric modelling of the model.
  • Enterprise Research Centre funded by ESRC, BIS, Innovate UK, British Business Bank, Phase 2, led by Stephen Roper and Mark Hart (research lead on project 8 'Linking SME data to the Science Base - An exploratory study of growth and productivity effects', joint with Mark Hart, Karen Bonner and Enrico Vanino, December 2016 - May 2017).

  • Anglo-German Foundation: ‘The Determinants of Investment in Industrial Research and Development in the United Kingdom and in Germany’. Co-Applicant and Co-Investigator. Grant held jointly at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London, and the German Institute for Economic Research, Berlin. 2003-2007.
  • German Research Foundation (DFG): ‘The Determinants and Effects of Innovation in a Long Firm Panel in Germany’. Named Co-Investigator. Grant held at the Ifo-Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich. 2006.
  • Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC): ‘Fluctuations and Long-Term Prosperity: A Study of the UK and International Economies’. Co-Investigator on the project part on the determinants of R&D investment in the UK. Grant held at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London. 2001-2004.
  • German Research Foundation: ‘Direct and Indirect Rent Seeking within the European Anti-Dumping Rules’. Co-Investigator. Grant held at the University of Cologne. 1999-2001. 

I am happy to supervise students in any of my research areas and welcome expressions of interest.

Ongoing supervision:

  • Bach Nguyen (‘Firm financing and institutions: Evidence from SMEs in Vietnam’, co-supervision with J. Du, Aston Business School, and N. Driffield, Warwick Business School.

Completed supervision:

  • Tulio-Antonio Cravo, graduated 2011. Thesis title: ‘SMEs and regional economic growth in Brazil’ (now Catholic University Pontificia, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; co-supervision with A. Gourlay, Loughborough University).
  • Xiaoshan Chen, graduated 2009. Thesis title: ‘Common trends and cycles in the Eurozone economies’ (now Management School, University of Stirling; co-supervision with T. Mills, Loughborough University).

I have acted as Mentor under the Research Staff Mentoring Scheme.

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Academy of Management
  • Regional Studies Association
  • Guest Editor: Economic Modelling, 26 (4), July 2009; special issue on ‘Ten Years of European Monetary Union’.This special issue includes contributions from researchers at the International Monetary Fund, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Central banks, Academia.
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer (grant application), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Regional Studies
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Small Business Economics
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, International Journal of the Economics of Business
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Industry and Innovation
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Business and Politics
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Economic Modelling
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Fiscal Studies
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Open Economies Review
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Southern Economic Journal
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Journal of African Economies
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Economic Change and Restructuring
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Economic Issues
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer, Emerging Markets Finance and Trade
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer (books), Elsevier
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer (books), Palgrave McMillan
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer (books), Routledge
Administrative Roles and Responsibilities:
  • Course Director, new MSc Entrepreneurship & International Business (January 2014 – December 2016) 
  • PG Programme Board member, School (January 2014 – December 2016) 
  • PG Programme Review member, School 
  • MSc Programme Committee member, School (January 2014 – December 2016) 
  • MSc Student Staff Consultative Committee member, School (January 2014 – December 2016) 
  • PG Representation Board member, School