Claudia Steinwender is an assistant professor of business administration in the Strategy Unit. She is also affiliated with the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Her research interests are in the areas of international trade, innovation, and economic history.
Most recently, Professor Steinwender has studied how information affects the behavior of exporting merchants, using the transatlantic telegraph connection established in 1866 as a historical example of a dramatic reduction in information frictions. Other research focuses on how firms’ productivity depends on their exposure to international trade; the effect of a financial crisis on the investment behavior of firms; and how governments’ defense R&D investments spill over into the innovation and productivity of the private sector. Professor Steinwender has won awards for her research, including the 2014 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists, and her work has been cited in The Economist and Der Standard.
Professor Steinwender holds a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics, a master’s degree in Economic Mathematics from the Vienna University of Technology, and a master’s degree in International Business Administration from the University of Vienna. She was an IES Fellow at Princeton University before joining HBS, and a management consultant at McKinsey & Company before beginning her doctoral studies.