Theme 1 encompasses both a micro literature that focuses on barriers to firm growth and productivity and an emerging macro literature that emphasises productivity spillovers across firms and sectors. Theme 1 is led by Francisco Buera, Joseph Kaboski and Ezra Oberfield.

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Francisco Buera is Professor of Economics at Washington University in St. Louis. His current research spans many topics, including the role of financial markets in the process of development, the rise of the service economy, and the diffusion of technologies and economic policies across countries. Before joining the economics department at Washington University, he served as a senior economist and research advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. He previously held positions at UCLA, the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, Princeton University, MIT, and Northwestern University. Buera is an associate editor of the Review of Economic Studies and the American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics.
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Joseph Kaboski is Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. He is also the the Chair of the STEG Academic Steering Committee, Head of Commissioning and the Team Leader of the University of Notre Dame.
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Ezra Oberfield is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Princeton University. His research interests lie in the areas of macroeconomics, firm dynamics and growth. His recent works have focused on firm-to-firm production networks, the division of income between capital and labour, and idea flows. He is a Faculty Research Fellow at the NBER and a CESifo research network affiliate. He received a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and previously served as an Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. 

Pathfinding Paper 6 is related to this theme.