Dr Angela Garcia Calvo

Dr Angela Garcia Calvo

Marie Skolodowska Curie Action Fellow

Department of Management

About me

Angela Garcia Calvo is a Marie Skolodowska Curie Action Fellow in the Department and a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, San Diego. Previous appointments were at Harvard University and the Collegio Carlo Alberto.

Dr. Garcia Calvo earned a PhD in Political Economy at LSE (2014), an MPA in Political Economy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2008), an MBA in Decision Sciences, Managerial Economics and Business Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2006), and a BA in Law and Economics from the University of Deusto (1997).

Dr. Garcia Calvo is currently working on a research project that investigates the interactions between large firms and governments in late industrialising economies and their influence in shaping economic transformation. The project is articulated through an empirical analysis of Spain and South Korea from the mid-1980s and focuses on the trajectories of three industries: banking, ICT and automotive. This project is financed by the European Union, Grant number: 747943. 

In addition to her academic work, Dr. Garcia Calvo has worked for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the UK Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Spanish Economic office on issues regarding regulation, telecommunications policy, and international trade.  

Current research

States, firms and sustainable economic growth

This project studies changes in state-firm interaction since the 1980s and their impact on the transformation on national productive structures. In doing so, the research touches on three issues: the role of national states in the era of laissez faire and globalization, the connection between national institutions and productive structures, and industrial upgrading.

The project articulates these issues in the context of two countries: Spain and South Korea, the two largest countries to have transitioned from mid- to high-income economies since the 1980s. It asks why two countries whose rapid industrializations focused on the development of a similar set of mature, heavy industries took very different trajectories which resulted in specializations in complex services and manufacturing respectively.

The empirical analysis traces economic transformation through detailed studies in three industries: ICT, banking, and automotive, which are capital and skill intensive, have dense connections to several downstream sectors, and are central to the Spanish and Korean economies. 

This project is funded by the European Union. Dr. Garcia Calvo is the project’s researcher.  

(EU Grant number 747943, PERIGROWTH)

Expertise Details

Comparative political economy; globalization; production; upgrading; innovation