Dr Anna Rita Bennato
Lecturer in Economics
Dr Bennato's research interests span across different areas of Industrial Economics and Applied Microeconomics. The work developed in her PhD thesis addresses issues related to Intellectual Property Rights and Innovation Policy, from both a theoretical and an empirical point of view. Her thesis has been awarded the European PatLib Research Prize for the original analysis on the consequences of patent policies for innovation. During her Post Doc Research Fellowship at the Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia, she has worked on several projects concerning the general topic of Market Regulation and Competition Policy.
Dr Bennato's current research includes topics on: firm’s growth strategies in the pharmaceutical market, the effectiveness of fines on Cartels, the interaction between taxation system and market competition, and how specific government measures affect the firms’ anticompetitive behaviour and their innovation strategies. Recently, with the aim to understand social preferences, Anna Rita has also turned her attention to behavioural and experimental economics.
Her teaching expertise includes modules in Microeconomics, Industrial Economics and Game Theory, at both the undergraduate and the postgraduate level, but also International Trade. Her teaching philosophy combines a rigorous approach to formal concepts and theoretical knowledge with constant attention to intuitions and practical applications.
Before joining Loughborough University, Anna Rita worked at Oxford Brookes University, after she was a Post Doc Research Fellow at the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy, University of East Anglia. Previously, while she was completing her PhD, Anna Rita worked as Teaching Fellow at the University of Bristol. She completed her Bachelor (Laurea) degree in Economics at “La Sapienza” University of Rome, before studying at "Tor Vergata" University of Rome, where she obtained her MSc in International Economics, and PhD in Economics.