Helena Schweiger


Helena Schweiger is an Associate Director, Senior Economist at the EBRD Office of the Chief Economist.

Helena holds a PhD in Economics from University of Maryland, College Park and her main research interests include applying micro-to-macro empirical analysis to try to understand the causes of differences in productivity and growth across countries, businesses and time and their policy implications.
She just completed work on the fifth round of the EBRD - World Bank Business Environment and Enterprise Performance Survey (BEEPS V) and is currently working on a few papers on innovation, using the data from the BEEPS V Innovation Module.


2006 - Ph.D. Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
2003 - M.A. Economics, University of Maryland, College Park, USA
2000 - B.A. Economics, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Research interests

  • Development Economics
  • Productivity
  • Management Practices
  • Business Environment
  • Innovation

Peer-reviewed journal articles

Veugelers, R. and H. Schweiger (forthcoming), Innovation policies in transition countries: One size fits all? Economic Change and Restructuring. View
Haltiwanger, J., S. Scarpetta and H. Schweiger (2014), Cross country differences in job reallocation: The role of industry, firm size and regulations, Labour Economics, 26(1), 11-25. View
Schweiger, H. and G. Friebel (2013), Market pressure, ownership, management quality and firm performance across Russia, Open Economies Review, 24(2), 763-788. View
Bloom, N., H. Schweiger and J. Van Reenen (2012), The land that lean manufacturing forgot? Management practices in transition countries. Economics of Transition, 20(4), 593-635. View

Working papers

Schweiger, H. and C. Petracco (2012), Impact of armed conflict on firm performance and perceptions of business environment, EBRD Working Paper 152 (1MB - PDF).
Under review.
Schweiger, H (2011), The impact of state aid for restructuring on the allocation of resources, EBRD Working Paper 127.

Work in Progress

“The role of innovation and management practices in determining firm productivity in developing economies” (with Wiebke Bartz and Pierre Mohnen).
"Are science cities fostering innovation in firms? Evidence from Russia`s regions" (with Paolo Zacchia).
"Business environment, innovation and productivity: Evidence from Russia`s regions" (with Paolo Zacchia).
"Education, Institutions and Human Capital at the Sub-National level'' (with Guido Friebel and Jan Lukšič).

Chapters in books

Berglof, E., L. Bruynhooghe, H. Harmgart, P. Sanfey, H. Schweiger and J. Zettelmeyer (2011), European transition at twenty: Addressing progress in countries and sectors, in G. Roland (ed.), Economies in transition: The long-run view, Palgrave Macmillan, 254-292.

Other publications

Plekhanov, A., and H. Schweiger (2014), The many faces of innovation, EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 1, 10-29. View
Mohnen, P., H. Schweiger and F. Silve (2014), Innovation and firm performance, EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 2, 30-43. View
Bartz, W., E. Gelebo, P. Mohnen and H. Schweiger (2014), Drivers of innovation, EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 3, 44-63. View
Bovini, G., H. Schweiger and R. Veugelers (2014), Policies supporting innovation, EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 5, 82-103. View
Friebel, G., J. Lukšič and H. Schweiger (2013), Education, institutions and human capital. EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 4, 62-77. View
Plekhanov, A. and H. Schweiger (2012), The management dimension. Diversifying Russia: Harnessing Regional Diversity, Chapter 5, 51-55. View
Ricka, F. and H. Schweiger (2010), Evaluating and improving the business environment. EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 5, 86-94. View
Bruynhooghe, L., H. Harmgart, P. Sanfey, H. Schweiger and J. Zettelmeyer (2009), Transition: Where does it stand and where should it go? EBRD Transition report, Chapter 5, 94-115. View
Commander, S., E. Hitaj and H. Schweiger (2007), People’s attitudes and experiences in the labour market, EBRD Transition Report, Chapter 4, 64-73.