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Karen Bonner Economic Policy Centre Associate - Senior Research Fellow

Economic Policy Centre (EPC)
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Dr Karen Bonner is a Senior Research Fellow in the Enterprise Research Centre (ERC) within the Economics, Finance and Entrepreneurship Group of Aston Business School. Her research interests lie within the areas of entrepreneurship, small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) growth, productivity, exports and innovation, all of which support the ERC’s aim of providing policy-relevant evidence on enterprise and SME growth in the UK.

Karen is one of the UK team members on the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), responsible for the administration of the project in the UK; data analysis and co-authoring the UK and UK sub-regional reports. GEM is regarded as the world’s foremost study of entrepreneurship and seeks to understand entrepreneurial activity; attitudes towards entrepreneurship amongst the population; and also how national policies set and influence the context for entrepreneurship.

Karen recently completed her PhD which was motivated by the enduring productivity gap between NI and the UK. Focusing on NI firms, and creating a unique panel dataset for the analysis, she specifically sought to examine how firms’ productivity growth is affected by exporting, innovation and public financial assistance.

Karen is a proficient user of micro-level data and has vast experience in the analysis of firm-level datasets. She has recently undertaken a wide range of projects, analysing different aspects of firm behaviour and growth, for clients such as The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the British Business Bank; Goldman Sachs, Scottish Enterprise and Forfás.

Research publications

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