Ms Ana Rincon-Aznar

Ana specialises empirical analyses of productivity. Her research aims to further our understanding of the sources of growth in modern economies, investigating the changing role of production inputs and technology, skills and intangible assets, as well as the influence of policies and regulations.  More recently she has been involved in international trade and trade policy projects. She has an interest in a wide range of applied econometrics topics.  


2002 – Msc in Economics, University College London
2001 – Advanced Studies Diploma in Industrial and International Economics, University of Valencia
1999 – BSc in Economics, Special Award of Graduation (Premio Extraordinario de Fin de Carrera), University of Valencia, Spain


2001-2002 -“Caja Madrid” Graduate Fellowship
2000 – “V centuries Research Scholarship”, University of Valencia, Spain.


2012- present – Principal Economist, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London
2008 -2012 – Senior Research Officer, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London.
2003 -2008 – Research Officer, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, London


2017– Research Associate at the Economics Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE).
2020-2021 – Secondment to the Industrial Strategy Council, Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Additional Information

Selected Publications

LLano-Verduras, C., Perez-Balsalobre, S. and A.Rincon-Aznar, “Market fragmentation and the rise of sub-national regulation”, forthcoming in The Annals of Regional Science.

Forth, J. and A. Rincon-Aznar (2021),”Where should low-wage sectors feature in an industrial strategy?”, in The Political Economy of Industrial Strategy in the UK, edited by C.Berry, J. Froud, and T. Barker, Agenda Publishing.

Rincon-Aznar, A., Mao, X. and M. Tong (2020), “Introduction: Global Value Chains and Economic Dislocations”, National Institute Economic Review, Issue, 252, Cambridge University Press.

Bauer, P., Fedotenkov, I., Genty, A., Hallak, I., Harasztosi, P., Martinez Turegano, D., Nguyen, D., Preziosi, N., Rincon-Aznar, A. and Sanchez Martinez, M. (2019), “Productivity in Europe: Trends and Drivers in a Service-Based Economy”, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, 2020.

Chadha, J.S., Rincon-Aznar, A., Srinivasan, S. and R. Thomas (2019), “A Century of High Frequency UK Macroeconomic Statistics: A Data Inventory”, NIESR Discussion Paper, 509.

Samek, L., Darko, C, King, W., Sidhu, S.V. Meera, P., Foliano, F. Moore, J, O’Mahony, M., Payne, C., Rincon-Aznar, A. and G. Vassilev4 (2019), Provision of Human Capital Evidence Review”, A Report for the Office for National Statistics”, September 2019.

Igna, I., Rincon-Aznar, A. and F. Venturini (2019), “Factor demand and upstream regulation: Evidence for OECD countries 1995-2007”, Information Economics and Policy,

Rincon-Aznar, A., Fernandez de Guevara, J., Forth, J., Llano, C., Maudos, J., Molla, S., Perez-Balsalobre,S. (2019), “Structural Reforms in Spain”, Single Market Integration and Competitiveness 2018 – Background studies, European Commission.

Mason, G., Venturini, F. and A. Rincon Aznar, A (2019), “Which skills contribute most to absorptive capacity, innovation and productivity performance? Evidence from the US and Western Europe”, Economics of New Technology and Innovation,

Chadha, J.S., Rincon-Aznar, A., Srinivasan, S. and R. Thomas (2019), “A Century of High Frequency UK Macroeconomic Statistics: A Data Inventory”, Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE) Technical Reports ESCOE-TR-03, Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence (ESCoE).

Heywood, John S., O’Mahony, M., Siebert, W. S. and A. Rincon-Aznar (2018), “The Impact of Employment Protection on the Industrial Wage Structure”, IZA D.P.11788.

Oulton, N,  Rincon-Aznar,A.,  Samek, L. and S. Srinivasan (2018), “Double deflation: theory and practice”, ESCoE Discussion Paper  2018-17”, Centre for Macroeconomics DP 2018-31.

Riley, R. Rincon-Aznar, A. and L. Samek (2018), “Below the Aggregate: A Sectoral Account of the UK Productivity Puzzle”, ESCoE Discussion Paper 2018-06.

Forth, J. and A. Rincon-Aznar (2018), “Productivity in the UK’s Low-Wage industries: A cross-country comparative analysis”, Report to Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

Marsh, I., Rincon-Aznar, A., Vecchi, M. and F. Venturini (2017), “We see ICT everywhere but in the econometric evidence: A reassessment”, Industrial and Corporate Change, Volume 26, Issue 6, 1 December 2017, Pages 1067–1088,.

Bernini, M., Riley, R. and Rincon-Aznar, A., Barbera, M., Bratus, A., Sambin, N., Adderley, S., Mulhall, R., and Ramirez, P. (2017),  “Industrial Clusters in England”, BEIS Research Report No. 4, September 2017.

Rincon Aznar, A., Riley, R. and G. Young (2017),”Academic review of asset lives in the UK”, NIESR DP. No. 475.

Nathan, M., Pratt, A. and A. Rincόn-Aznar (2015), “Creative Economy Employment in the EU and the UK: a Comparative Analysis”, Report to NESTA, December 2015.

Mason. G. and A. Rincόn -Aznar (2015), “Education, Skills and Productivity: Commissioned Research”, Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees, House of Commons.

Rincόn -Aznar, A., Forth, J., Mason, G., O’Mahony, M. and M. Bernini (2015), “UK Skills and Productivity in an International Context”, The Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) Research Paper No. 262.

Rincόn -Aznar, Riley and A. Rosso (2015), “An Evaluation of UK Trade and Investment Assistance on Business Performance”, Report to UK Trade and Investment.

Bewley, H., Rincon-Aznar, A. and D. Wilkinson (2014), “An Assessment of the Changing Use of Flexible Employment and Implications for the National Minimum Wage, Including Compliance”, Report to the Low Pay Commission.

Mason, G, Holland, D., Liadze, I., O’Mahony, M, Riley, R. and A. Rincόn -Aznar (2014), “Macroeconomic Benefits of Vocational Education and Training”, CEDEFOP Report No. 40.

Foster, N., Poschl, J., Rincόn -Aznar, A., Stehrer, R., Vecchi, M. and Venturini, F. (2013), “Reducing Productivity and Efficiency gaps: The Role of Knowledge Assets, Absorptive Capacity and Institutions”, Background study of chapter 3 in European Competitiveness Report, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission and WIIW  Report 396.

Siebert, S. and A. Rincόn -Aznar (2013), “Employment Protection, Jobs and Productivity in Europe”, INDICSER Working Paper no 140.

Rincόn-Aznar, A. and C. Robinson (2012), “The Impact of Service Regulation on Economic Performance in Europe: An Industry Analysis”, SERVICEGAP Discussion Paper No. 9.

Rincόn-Aznar, A., Vecchi, M. and F. Venturini (2012), “ICT Spillovers, Absorptive Capacity and Productivity Performance”, Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia, Finanza e Statistica 103/2012, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia, Finanza e Statistica.

Saam, M., Cerquera, D., Inklaar, R., Muller, B., O’Mahony, M., Rammer, C., Rincόn -Aznar, A., Roth, F. and A.E. Thum (2011), “Review of Measures and Data Sources on Intangibles, ICT use and Innovation in European Services Sectors”, INDICSER Review paper No. 1.

Oulton, N. and A. Rincón-Aznar (2012), “Rates of Return and Alternative Measures of Capital Input: 14 Countries and 10 Branches, 1971-2005”,  pp 307-337 in Industrial Productivity  in  Europe: Growth and Crisis,  M. Mas and R. Stehrer (Eds), Edward Elgar.

Rincόn-Aznar, A. and C. Robinson  (2012),  “The impact of service regulation on economic performance in Europe: An industry analysis”, SERVICEGAP Discussion Paper No. 9

Rincon, A. M.Vecchi and F.Venturini (2012), “ICT spillovers, absorptive capacity and productivity performance,” Quaderni del Dipartimento di Economia, Finanza e Statistica 103/2012, Università di Perugia, Dipartimento Economia, Finanza e Statistica.

Rincon-Aznar, A., Maria Rochina, Juan Manez, Juan Sanchis, University of Valencia, (2005), R&D and productivity differentials: a Non-parametric analysis, Revista de Economia Aplicada, Vol. 13

Rincon-Aznar, A., Robinson, C., Vecchi, M., (May 2005), The Productivity impact of E-Commerce in the UK, 2001: Evidence from microdata, Dp. 257

Rincon-Aznar, A., Vecchi, M., (May 2004), The dynamic impact of ICT spillovers on companies’ productivity performance, NIESR Dp. 245

Robinson, C., O’Leary, B., Rincon-Aznar, A., (Aug 2006), Business start-ups, closures and economic churn, Report to: Small Business Service, Department of Trade and Industry.

Kangasniemi, M., Rincon-Aznar, A., (Jun 2006), The Regulatory Environment in the Context of the Strategy for Growth and Jobs (The Lisbon Agenda), Report to: European Commission

Rincon-Aznar, A., Maria Rochina, Juan Manez, Juan Sanchis, University of Valencia, (2005), R&D and productivity differentials: a Non-parametric analysis, Revista de Economia Aplicada, Vol. 39, 47-86.

Mason, G., Osborne, M., Rincon-Aznar, A., (May 2005), Raising Sector Skill Levels- How Responsive is Local Training Supply?, Research Report No. 9,Sector Skills Development Agency (SSDA), United Kingdom.

Rincon-Aznar, A., Vecchi, M., (2003), “Productivity performance at the company level, EU productivity and competitiveness: an industry perspective. Can Europe resume the catching-up process edited by Mary O’Mahony and Bart van Ark, Luxembourg: European Commission.