Research at UB Economics is organized into three main research areas and twenty-four research fields.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.