The 2021 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics, will be held in Barcelona on October 21st-22nd, 2021 in “Aula Magna”, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Barcelona. Due to the COVID pandemic, we also plan to develop the Workshop in a hybrid format.


Thursday, October 21st 2021

15:15 Welcome and opening act

Ramon Alemany (Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business, Universitat de Barcelona)

Vicente Royuela (AQR-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

15:30 Keynote Lecture

Chair: Vicente Royuela (AQR-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)

Frédéric Docquier (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)): “A summary of three papers on cross-border mobility in Covid times
16:30 Break
17:00 1st Contributed session

Chair:  TBC

Arnab K. Basu (Cornell University), Nancy H. Chau (Cornell University) and Gary C. Lin (The Johns Hopkins University): “Migration Gravity, Networks, and Unemployment” (Online)
Amelie F. Constant (Princeton University): «Return, Circular, and Onward Migration Decisions in a Knowledge Society(Online)
Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes (University of California-Merced), Noelia Rivera-Garrido (Universidad Loyola Andalucía) and Judit Vall Castelló (IEB, Universitat de Barcelona): “Reforming the Provision of Cross-Border Medical Care. Evidence from Spain
Friederike Seifert (TU Dresden): “The Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion and Inter-state Migration in Border Regions of US States


Friday, October 21st 2021
09:00 2nd Contributed session

Chair:  TBC

Olle Järv (University of Helsinki) and Håvard Wallin Aagesen (University of Helsinki): “Understanding functional cross-border regions from the mobility of people: New interaction monitoring tools from social media data
Angela Parenti (University of Pisa) and Cristina Tealdi (Heriot-Watt University and IZA Institute of Labor): Does the implementation of the Schengen agreement boost cross-border commuting? Evidence from Switzerland
Camille Dumeignil (Université Savoie Mont Blanc): The impact of free cross-border labour mobility on the labour market for the country of origin: A natural experiment
Chiara Castelli (Università degli Studi di Brescia), Marta Castellini (Università degli Studi di Brescia), Nicola Comincioli (Università degli Studi di Brescia), Nicola Pontarollo (Università degli Studi di Brescia): “What drives cross-border commuting in Europe? An inter-regional panel analysis on its spatial effects
11:00 Break
11:30 3rd Contributed session

Chair:  TBC

José Victor C. Giarola (Maastricht University), Frank Cörvers (Maastricht University) and Hans Schmeets (Maastricht University): “Cultural distance and commuting flows across national borders
Arjen Edzes (University of Groningen), Jouke van Dijk (University of Groningen), Lourens Broersma (University of Groningen): “Does cross-border commuting between neighbouring EU-countries reduce inequality?
Arnaud Mertens (Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER)): “Effects of Commuting Time on Work Absenteeism in Luxembourg” (Online)
Eduardo Medeiros (Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)) and Martín Guillermo Ramírez (Association of European Border Regions (AEBR)): “Mitigating barriers to cross-border commuting and increasing institutional trust via EU b-solutions initiative” (Online)
13:30 Closing Remarks

Vicente Royuela and Raul Ramos (AQR-IREA, Universitat de Barcelona)