BEAT brings together researchers who are already producing a substantial research output.

BEAT organizes its activities along three research lines that reflect the strengths of its members and combine their expertise.

Behavior, Markets and Games

This line covers the analysis of behaviour, both individual and strategic, the design of market regulations and efficient rules of assignment, cost-sharing mechanisms and cooperative solutions to societal problems.

Although all this may sound abstract, there is a wide range of applications, from marriage and divorce to bankruptcy law; from media and online markets to the design of spectrum licences auctions; from the study of the gender wage gap to the analysis of saving and retirement decisions.

Macroeconomics, Development and Trade

What policies may be adopted to boost economic growth? What are its long-run determinants? How do globalization and international trade affect economic development?

This line tackles these questions in an integrated way: Economic growth is the output of a process which combines input factors. The productivity of these inputs is affected by technological change and international trade. In turn, globalisation affects the income distribution across and within countries through division of labor and firms relocation. The resulting distributions of income have their own impact on future economic growth

Environment, Sustainability and Well-Being

This line focuses on the environmental and socioeconomic factors (income and wealth, jobs and earnings, housing conditions, health status, subjective well-being, work-life balance, skills and education, social capital, civic engagement, and governance) that shape the present and future well-being of the population.

It has two main focuses: The first is on social policies (health, pensions, education) aimed to promote individual health and well-being while guaranteeing the sustainability of the welfare state. The second focus is on environmental challenges, such as climate change, global warming or pollution, which have a large potential impact on economic output and personal well-being.

Recent publications


Gil J., Sicras-Mainar A. and Zucchelli E.
Uncontrolled diabetes and healthcare utilisation: panel data evidence from Spain.

European Journal of Health Economics, 2018 Jul;19(6):785-795. doi: 10.1007/s10198-017-0920


Sánchez-Losada, F.
How important are scale effects for growth when knowledge is a public good?

Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Volume 121, Issue 2, April 2019, Pages 763-782,


Herranz-Loncán, A. and Fourie, J.
For the Public Benefit? Railways in the British Cape Colony.

European Review of Economic History, Volume 22, Issue 1, February 2018, Pages 73–100,


Álvarez-Mozos, M., van den Brink, R., van der Laan, G., and Tejada, O.
From hierarchies to levels: new solutions for games with a hierarchical structure.

International Journal of Game Theory, Volume 46, Issue 4pp 1089–1113


Badia-Miró, M, Carreras-Marín, A, and Meissner, C.M.

Geography, Policy, or Productivity? Regional Trade in five South American countries, 1910-1950

The Economic History Review, August 2017, 71(1), DOI: 10.1111/ehr.12539


Cubel, M and Sanchez-Pages, S.

Gender differences and stereotypes in strategic reasoning

Economic Journal, Volume 127, Issue 601, May 2017, Pages 728–756,


Jerbashian, V. and Kochanova, A

The Impact of Telecommunication Technologies on Competition in Services and Goods Markets: Empirical Evidence.

The Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Volume 119, Issue 3, July 2017, Pages 628-655,


Manna, E.

Customer-Oriented Employees: Blessing or Curse for Firms?  

Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, Volume 26, Issue 4, Winter 2017, Pages 842-875,

Workshops and Conferences