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About Us

AQR-Lab is an Applied Economics Laboratory mainly composed of academics in the field of applied economics, which provides services to both public administrations and private firms.

The origin of AQR-Lab is to conduct the activities of knowledge transfer which were carried out by the members of the AQR research group in the University of Barcelona until 2012.

The knowledge transfer services that AQR-Lab offers are: Projects and studies of collaboration, Specialized training Services - training activities; Support Services to external research.

AQR-Lab carries on its activity through the “Fundació Bosch i Gimpera” and the University of Barcelona.

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About Us

Objectives

The objective of AQR-Lab is to carry out transfer activities in the field of applied economics while maintaining the highest levels of quality required in a university laboratory.
  • The knowledge transfer services that AQR-Lab give are Collaboration Projects and Agreements; Specialized Training Services - Training Courses; Statistical and econometric support to people, institutions and companies.

  • Is necessary to understand how knowledge transfer projects have the ultimate goal of providing results around a specific topic in which an institution, whether national or international, is interested.

  • Is necessary to understand such as Specialized Training Services - Training Courses, training courses or seminars, both on quantitative techniques and on topics in which AQR-Lab members have expertise. Specific courses are specially made, for institutions that want to train their staff.

  • Is necessary to understand as Statistical and econometric support to people, institutions and companies, those activities in which AQR-Lab is offered to be hired for the application of its expertise in techniques and topics in which AQR-Lab is specialized.

Work lines – Specializations

Economic Impact Studies

We undertake quantitative and qualitative evaluation of the impact of public and private investment programs and economic policy measures, quantifications of the impact for a given sector, firm or economic good on the rest of the economy, and cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analyses applied to all areas and sectors, including infrastructure, health, etc.

Macroeconomic forecasts and simulations and monitoring of the economy

We make macroeconomic forecasts and simulations of the main economic variables, analysing GDP and its components in terms of supply and demand, labour market, foreign sector, prices, output gap, etc.

Public policy evaluation

We have extensive experience in public policy evaluation, including studies of: active employment policies; policies promoting innovation throughout the EU; the investment return of Public Research Projects in Europe; the effectiveness of policies promoting business competitiveness and support to firms; university performance; trade regulations, etc.

Intangible assets and regional growth

We conduct studies of the intangibles that influence regional economic growth: mainly the generation and diffusion of innovation and human capital, but we are also interested in the effects of knowledge, social capital and entrepreneurship. We analyse these determinants and the channels through which these factors influence growth.

Regional and urban strategic indicators

To monitor any given spatial area, and its planning policies, a set of indicators are needed to understand their key features. We provide local and regional strategic indicators of economic specialization, quality of life, etc., as well as indicators of foreign market competitiveness.

Survey design and management

Often, it is necessary to conduct surveys and the ulterior statistical analysis of the data they provide, to further understand a given economic problem. We can offer broad experience in this field.

Analysis of specific economic sectors

We undertake studies of different economic sectors, including tourism, the automobile industry, trade, textiles, and real estate, to provide a detailed picture of their current performance and future prospects.

Members

For each project, we constitute a team of work, which is coordinated and directed for members of the team.

Management

  • Dr. Jordi Suriñach i Caralt Professional category University Professor
    Dr. Jordi Suriñach i Caralt
    Lines of investigation

    Labour Market
    Innovationa and Regional Growth
    Educational Studies
    Applied economics

    Letter from the director

    jsurinach@ub.edu
    934020545, 934021980

Standing Committee

  • Dr. Miquel Clar López Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Miquel Clar López
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    AppliedEconometrics
    Economy of theEducation

    mclar@ub.edu
    934024323
  • Dr. Jordi López-Tamayo Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Jordi López-Tamayo
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    SpatialEconometrics
    LabourMarket
    Social Indicators

    jlt_lopez@ub.edu
    934024323
  • Dra. Rosina Moreno Serrano Professional category University Professor
    Dra. Rosina Moreno Serrano
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Innovation 
    SpatialEconometrics

    rmoreno@ub.edu
    934021823
  • Dr. Joaquim Murillo Viu Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Joaquim Murillo Viu
    Lines of investigation

    Exploitation of survey
    Economic impact

    j.murillo@ub.edu
    934021985
  • Dra. Esther Vayá Valcarce Professional category Associate Professor
    Dra. Esther Vayá Valcarce
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Spatial Econometrics
    Innovation and regional externalities
    Economicimpactstudies

    evaya@ub.edu
    934037042

Members

  • Dra. Mª Encarnación André Romero Professional category Associate Professor
    Dra. Mª Encarnación André Romero
    Lines of investigation Tourism
    andre@ub.edu
    934020233
  • Dr. Josep Lluís Carrion-i-Silvestre Professional category University Professor
    Dr. Josep Lluís Carrion-i-Silvestre
    Lines of investigation Structural change
    Cointegration analysis
    Panel data 
    Regional growth
    carrion@ub.edu
    934024598
  • Dr. Miquel Clar López Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Miquel Clar López
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Applied Econometrics
    Economy of the Education

    mclar@ub.edu
    934024323
  • Dr. Antonio Di Paolo Professional category Lecturer
    Dr. Antonio Di Paolo
    Lines of investigation Labour Economics
    Education Economics
    Regional and Urban Economics
    Applied Microeconometrics
  • Dr. Juan Carlos Duque Cardona Professional category
    Dr. Juan Carlos Duque Cardona
    Lines of investigation

    Data treatment

    jrgarcia@ub.edu
    934021012
  • Dr. José Ramón García Sanchis Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. José Ramón García Sanchis
    Lines of investigation Measuring the Economic impact
    Offshoring and Task Trade
    Firm demography
    jrgarcia@ub.edu
    934021012
  • Dr. Francisco Llorente Galera Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Francisco Llorente Galera
    Lines of investigation

    Motor Industry
    Business innovation
    Labor organization

    fllorente@ub.edu
    934035942
  • Dr. Enrique López Bazo Professional category University Professor
    Dr. Enrique López Bazo
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Labour Markets
    Human Capital and Innovation
    Applied Spatial Econometrics

    elopez@ub.edu
    934037041
  • Dr. Jordi López Tamayo Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Jordi López Tamayo
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Spatial Econometrics
    Labour Market
    Social Indicators

    jlt_lopez@ub.edu
    934020420
  • Dra. Alessia Matano Professional category Lecturer
    Dra. Alessia Matano
    Lines of investigation

    Labour Economics 
    Wage Inequality 
    Spatial Economics
    International Trade

    amatano@ub.edu
    934020864
  • Dra. Rosina Moreno Serrano Professional category University Professor
    Dra. Rosina Moreno Serrano
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Innovation 
    Spatial Econometrics

    rmoreno@ub.edu
    934021823
  • Dra. Elisabet Motellón Corral Professional category Adjunt Lecturer
    Dra. Elisabet Motellón Corral
    Lines of investigation

    Labour Market
    Regional Economics 
    Quantitative Methods

    emotellon@ub.edu
    934021011
  • Dr. Joaquín Murillo Viu Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Joaquín Murillo Viu
    Lines of investigation Exploitation of surveys
    Economic impact
    j.murillo@ub.edu
    934021985
  • Dr. Ernest Pons Fanals Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Ernest Pons Fanals
    Lines of investigation

    Time Series
    Econometrics
    Higher education

    epons@ub.edu
    934020419
  • Dr. Raül Ramos Lobo Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Raül Ramos Lobo
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Spatial Econometrics
    Regional labour markets
    Human capital
    Inequality

    rramos@ub.edu
    934024310
  • Dra. Maria Carme Riera Prunera Professional category Associate Professor
    Dra. Maria Carme Riera Prunera
    Lines of investigation

    Education
    Labour Market
    Inequality and economic growth
    Deficit and debt

  • Dr. Javier Romaní Fernández Professional category Associate Professor
     Dr. Javier Romaní Fernández
    Lines of investigation Qualitative and social impact
    Exploitation of surveys
    Mobility
    romani@ub.edu
    934020418
  • Dr. Vicente Royuela Mora Professional category Associate Professor
    Dr. Vicente Royuela Mora
    Lines of investigation

    Urban Economics
    Labour Market
    Regional Economic Growth 
    Quality of Life Research

    vroyuela@ub.edu
    934035732
  • Dr. Jordi Suriñach Caralt Professional category University Professor
    Dr. Jordi Suriñach Caralt
    Lines of investigation

    Labour Market
    Innovationa and Regional Growth
    Educational Studies
    Applied economics

    jsurinach@ub.edu
    934020545, 934021980
  • Dra. Esther Vayà Valcarce Professional category Associate Professor
    Dra. Esther Vayà Valcarce
    Lines of investigation

    Regional Growth
    Spatial Econometrics
    Innovation and regional externalities
    Economic impact studies

    evaya@ub.edu
    934037042