Newcastle University Business School

Staff Profile

Dr Grega Smrkolj

Lecturer in Economics

Background

Introduction

Grega's main research field is Industrial Organization. Currently, his research is focused on dynamic aspects of innovation, imitation, information goods, and intellectual property rights. His research combines economic theory with non-linear dynamics and computational methods. 

Education

  • PhD in Economics, Tinbergen Institute & University of Amsterdam, 2013
  • MPhil in Economics, Tinbergen Institute, 2009
  • MSc in Economics, University of Amsterdam, 2007
  • BA in Economics, University of Ljubljana, 2006

Teaching Recognitions

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Certificate in Advanced Studies in Academic Practice (CASAP), Newcastle University, 2016
  • Newcastle Teaching Award, 2015

Curriculum Vitae [pdf]  

Teaching


Module Leader

Other modules

Office: NUBS 7.24

Office hours:  by appointment


Past teaching

Newcastle University 

2016/17     Introductory Econometrics (PG), Research Methods in Economics and Finance (PG), Economic Modelling (UG), Microeconomic Analysis (UG), Industrial Economics and Policy (UG)

2015/16     Introductory Econometrics (PG), Research Methods in Economics and Finance (PG), Economic Modelling (UG), Microeconomic Analysis (UG), Industrial Economics and Policy (UG), Economics of Regulation (UG)

2014/15     Introductory Econometrics (PG), Research Methods in Economics and Finance (PG), Economic Modelling (UG), Microeconomic Analysis (UG)

2013/14      International Trade (PG)

University of Amsterdam

2012/13     Industrial Organization (UG), Microeconomics (UG), Economics of Markets and Organizations (UG),

                  Thesis Seminar: Economics (UG), Research Seminar: IO and Competition Policy (PG) 

 2011/12    Industrial Organization (UG), Advanced Industrial Organization (PG)

 2010/11    Principles of Industrial Organization (UG)

 2009/10    Industrial Organization (PG), Principles of Industrial Organization (UG)

Tinbergen Institute

2008/09    Microeconomics I: Individual Decision Making (PG),  Macroeconomics IV: International Macroeconomics (PG)




Research

RESEARCH  FIELDS

Industrial Organization, Numerical Methods
Game Theory,  Economic Dynamics

Research Topics

Innovation, Imitation, R&D, Dynamic Games,  Intellectual Property Rights

CURRENT WORKING PAPERS

R&D Cooperatives and Market Collusion: A Global Dynamic Approach (with Jeroen Hinloopen and Florian Wagener) Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper, TI 2017-020/VII. (Forthcoming in the Journal of Optimization Theory and Applications)

We present a continuous-time generalization of the seminal R&D model of d’Aspremont and Jacquemin (American Economic Review, 1988) to examine the trade-off between the benefits of allowing firms to cooperate in R&D and the corresponding increased potential for product market collusion. We consider all trajectories that are candidates for an optimal solution as well as initial marginal cost levels that exceed the choke price. Firms that collude develop further a wider range of initial technologies, pursue innovations more quickly, and are less likely to abandon a technology. Product market collusion could thus yield higher total surplus. 

Research among Copycats: R&D, Spillovers, and Feedback Strategies (with Florian Wagener) Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper, TI 2014-112/II. (submitted)

We study a stochastic dynamic game of process innovation in which firms can initiate and terminate R&D efforts and production at different times. We discern the impact of knowledge spillovers on the investments in existing markets, as well as on the likely structure of newly forming markets, for all possible asymmetries between firms. We show that the relation between spillovers, R&D efforts, and surpluses is non-monotonic and dependent on both the relative and absolute efficiency of firms. Larger spillovers increase the likelihood that a new technology is brought to production, but they do not necessarily make the industry more competitive.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • 28th International Conference on Game Theory (Stony Brook, NY, 2017)
  • 13th European Meeting on Game Theory (SING13 2017; Paris)
  • 50th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economic Association (CEA 2016; Ottawa)
  • 42nd Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE 2015; Munich)
  • 2015 Australian Conference of Economists (ACE 2015; Brisbane)
  • 49th Annual Conference of the Canadian Economic Association  (CEA 2015; Toronto)
  • The 2015 Annual Conference of the Royal Economic Society (RES 2015; Manchester) 
  • 68th European Meeting of the Econometric Society (EEA - ESEM 2014; Toulouse) 
  • 16th International Symposium on Dynamic Games and Applications (ISDG 2014, Amsterdam)
  • 19th International Conference of the Society for Computational Economics: Computing in Economics and Finance (CEF 2013, Vancouver)               
  • 11th International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC 2013, Boston) 
  • 14th International Schumpeter Society Conference (ISS 2012, Brisbane)
  • 9th International Industrial Organization Conference (IIOC 2011, Boston)
  • 26th Annual Congress of the European Economic Association (EEA-ESEM 2011, Oslo)
  • 38th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE 2011, Stockholm)
  • 37th Annual Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE 2010, Istanbul)

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINAR PRESENTATIONS

  • GPU Computing Workshop, CEF 2013 (Vancouver,  2013)
  • Skema Business School - seminar (Sophia Antipolis, 2013)
  • Tinbergen Institute Organizations and Markets Seminar (Amsterdam, 2013)
  • Royal Economic Society PhD Presentation Meeting, Queen Mary, University of London (London, 2013)
  • Université catholique de Louvain - seminar (Louvain, 2012)
  • CeNDEF seminar, University of Amsterdam (Amsterdam, 2012)
  • Centre for Competition Policy at the University of East Anglia - seminar (Norwich, 2012)
  • CISS 2011 – Competition and Innovation Summer School (Turunc, 2011)
  • Tinbergen Institute Seminar (Amsterdam, 2011)
  • The 2011 Zurich Initiative on Computational Economics (Zurich, 2011)
  • 11th  Workshop on Optimal Control, Dynamic Games and Nonlinear Dynamics (Amsterdam, 2010)
  • Tinbergen Institute Seminar (Rotterdam, 2010)
  • 5th EBIM Doctoral Workshop on Economic Theory (Bielefeld, 2010)
  • Tinbergen Institute MATLAB Workshop - lecturer (Amsterdam, 2010)

Publications