Saul Estrin is a Professor of Management and Founding Head of LSE’s Department of Management. He was formerly Adecco Professor of Business and Society at London Business School where he was the Research Director of the Centre for New and Emerging Markets and Director of the CIS Middle Europe Centre. Saul was also Deputy Dean (Faculty and Research) at London Business School for six years as well as briefly Acting Dean.
Saul’s main areas of research are emerging markets, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and international business issues. He has published more than one hundred papers in scholarly journals as well as numerous chapters and reports. His research interests have included transition economies, notably Central Europe and China where he studied privatization and company restructuring, and the BRICs where he explored the relationship between their institutions and their growth. He has been a visiting Professor at Stanford University, Michigan Business School, Cornell University and the European University Institute. He is a Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research. He is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, Oxford University.
Saul also has considerable practitioner experience. He was for twelve years a non-executive director of Barings Emerging Markets and was also a member of the Academic Panel of the postal regulator, Postcomm. He has also acted as a consultant to the World Bank, EBRD, OECD, as well as a variety of companies.


Saul Estrin joined IZA as a research fellow in July 2000.

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IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 5770
published in: Entrepreneurship and Practice, 2013, 37 (3), 479-504
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5504
Randolph Luca Bruno, Maria Bytchkova, Saul Estrin
published in: Review of Economics and Statistics, 2013, 95 (5), 1740-1749
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5481
published in: Journal of Business Venturing, 2013, 28 (4), 564–580
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5053
published in: Review of Development Economics, 2012, 16 (4), 559-578
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5052
published in: Small Business Economics, 2012, 39 (1), 119-139
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4805
published in: Maria Minniti (ed.) 2011, The Dynamics of Entrepreneurship: Evidence from Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Data, Oxford, pp.181-208
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4577
published as 'Institutions and female entrepreneurship' in: Small Business Economics, 2011, 37 (4), 397-415
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4396
substantially revised and rewritten version available as IZA DP No. 5481
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4123
published in: Grzegorz Kolodko and Jacek Tomkiewicz (eds.), 20 Years of Transformation: Achievements, Problems and Perspectives, New York: Nova, 2011
IZA Discussion Paper No. 3724
Randolph Luca Bruno, Maria Bytchkova, Saul Estrin
substantially revised and rewritten version available as IZA DP No. 5504
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2950
published as 'Informal firms in developing countries: entrepreneurial stepping stone or consolation prize?' in Small Business Economics, 2010, 34 (1), 53-63
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2161
published in: Journal of Business Venturing, 2008, 23 (6), 656-672
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2150
published in Review of Development Economics, 2013, 17, 685-698
IZA Discussion Paper No. 2148
published in Saul Estrin, Grzegorz Kolodko and Milica Uvalic (eds.), Transition and Beyond: A Tribute to Mario Nuti, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1493
Lihui Tian, Saul Estrin
published in: Journal of Comparative Economics, 2008, 36 (1), 74-89
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1484
published in: Journal of Development Economics, 82(2): 374-392, 2007
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1370
published in: Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 2005, 58 (3), 353-369
IZA Discussion Paper No. 1272
published in: Comparative Economic Studies, 2007, 49 (1), 61-80
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