Claire Economidou joined the University of Piraeus in 2010 and is currently is a Professor of Macroeconomics at the Department of Economics. She holds a Ph.D. degree in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Economics from the University of Macedonia, Greece, and a B.Sc. degree in Mathematics from the Aristotle University, Greece. Prior to joining the University of Piraeus, she was an Assistant Professor of Macroeconomics at the Utrecht School of Economics, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Professor Economidou’s research interests are in the fields of economic growth and economics of innovation. She has published more than 20 papers in high-quality academic journals, including the European Economic Review, the Journal of Development Economics, and the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Part of her research has been financed by the European Research Council (ERC) and the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF) grants.