Claudia Steinwender is an Assistant Professor in the Strategy Unit at Harvard Business School. Professor Steinwender’s 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 historical “experiment” of a dramatic reduction in information frictions. Other research focuses on the effect of the Spanish financial crisis on the investment behavior of firms; how firms’ innovation strategies depend on their exposure to international trade; or how governments’ defense spending spills over into R&D and the productivity of the private sector. Professor Steinwender has won several awards for her research, including the 2014 WTO Essay Award for Young Economists. She has 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. Professor Steinwender was an IES Fellow at Princeton University before joining the faculty of Harvard Business School. She is also a Research Associate at the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics. Before beginning her doctoral studies she was a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.