Professor Vania Sena

EBS - Management Science and Entrepreneurship (MSE)
Professor Vania Sena
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    GB 3.12, Southend Campus



Prof Vania Sena has previously worked at Leeds University Business School (LUBS), University of Leeds and at Aston Business School (ABS), Aston University. Her first degree was awarded with laude by the University of Naples, Federico II, Naples, Italy; her postgraduate studies in Economics were carried out at the University of York, UK, where she was awarded both the MSc and the DPhil in Economics. Her research focuses mainly on the econometric analysis of the determinants of productivity growth, both at the micro and macro level. She also has an interest into the use of alternative methods (based on linear programming analysis) to the measurement of productivity. Her most recent research looks at the relationship among innovation activities, spatial concentration of human capital and total factor productivity. Her work has been published in Small Business Economics, Journal of Comparative Economics, The Economic Journal, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, European Journal of Operational Research, Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics and Regional Studies, amongst others. Her work has been funded by several bodies including ESRC, Innovate UK, Nuffield Institute, NESTA, Leverhulme Trust, IPO, UKTI and British Academy. In 2011, she was visiting fellow at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and Harvard University. For more information about the ESRC Businessand Local Government Data Research CentreseeESRC BLG Page


  • DPhil Economics (York)

  • Msc Economics (York)

  • Laurea (Federico II, Napoli)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Agglomerations of Human capital


Current research

characteristics of innovation in High-growth firms

choice of IP methods and impact on firms' productivity

mobility of human capital and knowledge spillovers

corruption and impact on firms' performance

Teaching and supervision

  • International Business Environment (BE855)


Journals (28)

Hall, BH. and Sena, V., (2017). Appropriability mechanisms, innovation, and productivity: evidence from the UK. Economics of Innovation and New Technology. 26 (1-2)

Malomo, F. and Sena, V., (2017). Data Intelligence for Local Government? Assessing the Benefits and Barriers to Use of Big Data in the Public Sector. Policy and Internet. 9 (1)

Duygun, M., Sena, V. and Shaban, M., (2016). Trademarking activities and total factor productivity: Some evidence for British commercial banks using a metafrontier approach. Journal of Banking & Finance. 72

Hall, BH. and Sena, V., (2015). Appropriability Mechanisms, Innovation and Productivity:Evidence from the UK

Hall, B., Helmers, C., Rogers, M. and Sena, V., (2014). The Choice between Formal and Informal Intellectual Property: A Review. Journal of Economic Literature. 52 (2)

Sena, V. and Higon, DA., (2014). Productivity, R&D Spillovers and Educational Attainment*. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics. 76 (1)

Duygun, M., Sena, V. and Shaban, M., (2014). Trademarking status and economic efficiency among commercial banks: Some evidence for the UK. Journal of Banking & Finance. 49

Hall, BH., Helmers, C., Rogers, M. and Sena, V., (2013). The importance (or not) of patents to UK firms. Oxford Economic Papers. 65 (3)

Sena, V., Scott, J. and Roper, S., (2012). Gender, borrowing patterns and self-employment: some evidence for England. Small Business Economics. 38 (4)

De Devitiis, B., De Luca, AI., Maietta, OW. and Sena, V., (2012). Do co-operatives promote consumer social responsibility? The case of fair trade in Italy. Advances in the Economic Analysis of Participatory and Labor-Managed Firms. 13

Sena, V., (2011). Technical efficiency and human capital in the retail sector. The Service Industries Journal. 31 (16)

BOTTONE, G. and SENA, V., (2011). Human Capital: Theoretical and Empirical Insights. American Journal of Economics and Sociology. 70 (2)


Destefanis, S. and Sena, V., (2009). Public capital, productivity and trade balances: some evidence for the Italian regions. Empirical Economics. 37 (3)

Aidt, T., Dutta, J. and Sena, V., (2008). Governance regimes, corruption and growth: Theory and evidence. Journal of Comparative Economics. 36 (2)

Jacobs, R. and Sena, V., (2008). Measuring productivity under different incentive structures. International Journal of Business Performance Management. 10 (4)

Maietta, OW. and Sena, V., (2008). Is competition really bad news for cooperatives? Some empirical evidence for Italian producers’ cooperatives. Journal of Productivity Analysis. 29 (3)

Destefanis, S. and Sena, V., (2007). Patterns of corporate governance and technical efficiency in Italian manufacturing. Managerial and Decision Economics. 28 (1)

Sena, V., (2006). The determinants of firms’ performance: Can finance constraints improve technical efficiency?. European Journal of Operational Research. 172 (1)

Destefanis, S. and Sena, V., (2005). Public capital and total factor productivity: New evidence from the Italian regions, 1970–98. Regional Studies. 39 (5)

Skovsgaard Aidt, T. and Sena, V., (2005). Unions: Rent Creators or Extractors?*. Scandinavian Journal of Economics. 107 (1)

Sena, V., (2004). The Return of the Prince of Denmark: A Survey on Recent Developments in the Economics of Innovation*. The Economic Journal. 114 (496)

Sena, V., (2004). Total factor productivity and the spillover hypothesis: Some new evidence. International Journal of Production Economics. 92 (1)

Sena, V., (2001). The Generalized Malmquist index and capacity utilization change: an application to the Italian manufacturing, 1989-1994. Applied Economics. 33 (1)

Dismuke, CE. and Sena, V., (2001). Is there a Trade-Off between Quality and Productivity? The Case of Diagnostic Technologies in Portugal. Annals of Operations Research. 107 (1-4)

Dismuke, CE. and Sena, V., (1999). Has DRG payment influenced the technical efficiency and productivity of diagnostic technologies in Portuguese public hospitals? An empirical analysis using parametric and non-parametric methods. Health Care Management Science. 2 (2)

Sena, V., Duygun, M., Lubrano, G., Marra, M. and Shaban, M., Board independence, corruption and innovation. Some evidence on UK subsidiaries. Journal of Corporate Finance

Aldieri, L., Sena, V. and Vinci, CP., Domestic R&D Spillovers and Absorptive Capacity: Some Evidence for US, Europe and Japan. International Journal of Production Economics

Books (3)

Sena, V., (2007).Credit and collateral. 0203023471

Maietta, OW. and Sena, V., (2007).Organizational Capital, Product Market Competition and Technical Efficiency in Italian Cooperatives. 0762313897


Grants and funding


Scoping Exercise and feasibility study with Jiangsu Credit Re-Guarantee

Essex and Jiangsu Province Credits Re-guarantee Group Co Ltd


Supporting the work of the Essex Employment and skills board

Essex County Council

The Social Analytics Strategic Network (SASNET)

Economic & Social Research Council


Smart Data Analytics for Business and Local Government

Economic & Social Research Council

Smart Data Analytics for Business and Local Government

Economic & Social Research Council


Green Innovation and Management Practices


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