Research areas

Our Faculty of Economics and Business is home to 10,000 students and 400 full time lecturers and researchers publishing about 400 scientific articles a year. A leading centre for teaching and research that forms part of an internationally important hub of economics research in the Barcelona area.

Research at UB Economics is organized into three main research areas and twenty-four research fields.

Growth, Trade and Spatial Economics

The Growth, Trade and Spatial Economics research area is concerned with studying the determinants of growth and economic development at both the macroeconomic and regional levels. It therefore addresses a broad spectrum of issues ranging from classic topics such as unemployment and economic growth to the analysis of financial and trade linkages between countries (globalization). One particular focus of this research area will be to frame these questions in a historical perspective, taking into account regional and geographical differences.

The research fields included in this area are:

  • Development Economics
  • Economic Growth
  • Economic History
  • International Finance
  • International Trade
  • Macroeconomics
  • Regional Economics
  • Urban Economics

Public Economics and Policy Analysis

The Public Economics and Policy Analysis research area focuses on the study and design of public policies and institutions aimed at improving efficiency and social welfare. This research area builds on the well-established research strength of the UB in the fields of public economics, particularly fiscal federalism, transport economics and market regulation. It also harnesses synergies in the fields of health, education, and labour economics to inform and design public policies.

The research fields included in this area are:

  • Public Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Regulation Economics
  • Transport Economics
  • Labour & Demographic Economics
  • Health Economics
  • Economics of Education
  • Environmental and Resource Economics

Behaviour, Games and Risk

The Behaviour, Games and Risk area is concerned with analysing individual decision-making and group conduct. This area covers the study of strategic behaviour, competition and cooperation between economic agents, and the analysis and evaluation of risk in finance and insurance. It builds on the well-established strength of UB researchers in the fields of game theory and risk and insurance.

The research fields included in this area are:

  • Game Theory
  • Industrial Organization
  • Mathematical Economics
  • Operations Research
  • Financial Econometrics
  • Risk and Insurance
  • Behavioral and Experimental Economics
  • Microeconomics