AQR-IREA is pleased to announce the 2022 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics, to be held in Barcelona on October 6th – 7th, 2022.

The workshop will be focused on the analysis of the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and its relationship with the characteristics of regional spaces, the influence of demographic, environmental, institutional and socioeconomic factors in the spread of the pandemic, its economic impact, and the effect of non-pharmaceutical policy interventions (lockdowns, remote work, etc.). The objective of the workshop is to take stock of the analyses carried out so far, assess what we have learned, compare it with what we knew from previous pandemics, and draw conclusions and implications that may be useful in the case of future pandemics. The objective is to propose new models and policy measures that could contribute to anticipate and better address future pandemic waves. Likewise, issues related to the availability and quality of data related to the incidence of the pandemic and its impact on the economy, and the suitability of different methods for modeling the evolution of the pandemic and its impact will be discussed.

The workshop will include the presentation and discussion of several studies by invited speakers and a round table with the participation of scholars and policy makers.


Final programme: September 30th, 2022
Registration close: October 3rd, 2022


The University of Barcelona’s Regional Quantitative Analysis Group (AQR) is located in the University’s Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics. Its staff, who number some forty professionals from Spain and other countries, conduct research in the field of applied economics and focus on urban and regional issues.

Past editions

In 2022 the BARCELONA WORKSHOP ON REGIONAL AND URBAN ECONOMICS reaches its twelfth edition. Since 2013 our workshop also became an ERSA workshop. The spirit of our meeting is to bring together researchers in regional science and urban economics who are working in specific topics on which we focus. For further information, please visit