Simon Commander

Altura Partners, UK, IE Business School, Spain, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Managing Partner, Altura Partners and Professor of Economics, IE Business School

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Adviser to Governments at Altura Partners; Senior Adviser, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Adviser at the World Bank


PhD, Cambridge University, 1980

Selected publications

  • Diversifying Russia. London: EBRD, 2013 (with A. Plekhanov).

  • A Guide to the Political Economy of Reforming Energy Subsidies. IZA Policy Papers No. 52, 2012.

  • "Educational scores: How does Russia fare?" Journal of Comparative Economics 40:3 (2012): 508–527 (with C. Amini).

  • "ICT and productivity in developing countries: New firm-level evidence from Brazil and India." Review of Economics and Statistics 93:2 (2011): 528–541 (with R. Harrison and N. Menezes-Filho).

  • "Business environment, exports, ownership, and firm performance." Review of Economics and Statistics 93:1 (2011): 309–337 (with J. Svejnar).