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July 12, 2018

Call for papers for the 3rd Meeting on Transport Economics and Infrastructure is now open

The call for papers for the 3rd Meeting on Transport Economics and Infrastructure is now open. The meeting is organised by the Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) and will focus on issues related to pricing, investment and competition, but research papers in other areas of transport economics and infrastructure analysis are also welcome. The organisation will accept between 10 and 12 papers for presentation and discussion at the meeting. Papers…

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July 11, 2018

“Most of the research can’t be done by universities because we can’t access the data”

Arthur Charpentier was invited to teach the Summer School course on Big Data for Economics at the UB School of Economics. The course took place in Barcelona from Monday 2nd to Friday 6th July 2018. We had the chance to interview him after one of his lectures, which gathered 34 students from 14 different nationalities. Charpentier is a Full Professor at the University of Rennes 1. He also runs the…

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June 27, 2018

AQR-IREA invites the submission of papers for presentation at the 2018 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics

The University of Barcelona’s Regional Quantitative Analysis Group (AQR-IREA) invites the submission of papers for presentation at the 2018 Barcelona Workshop on Regional and Urban Economics Territorial resilience: mitigation and adaptation, to be held in Barcelona on October 4th-5th, 2018. The event will focus on different aspects of territorial resilience, with the aim of bringing together cutting-edge research papers around two axis. The first axis concerns processes of mitigation (resistance-recovery),…

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June 25, 2018

UB School of Economics research shows that high trade costs have historically hindered inter-regional trade in South America

UB School of Economics researchers Marc Badia-Miró and Anna Carreras-Marín and University of California, Davis researcher Christopher M. Meissner have found that high trade costs have historically hindered regional trade in South America and favoured exchanges with more distant partners, such as the US, the UK, France and Germany. The authors of the study estimate that Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile and Peru might have been able to double exports to…

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June 13, 2018

Faculty of Economics and Business ranked among the world’s top 3% economic institutions

The Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Barcelona holds a strong position among the top economic institutions in the world. It has been ranked 216th out of 7,576 in the RePEc/IDEAS rankings of June 2018. This means that the Faculty is among a leading group of universities in the top 3% of the table. Looking at institutes and research groups individually, the Research Institute of Applied Economics (IREA) is ranked among the top 8%, while the Regional Quantitative…

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June 8, 2018

UB School of Economics researchers receive best paper award for their research on semi-autonomous vehicle insurance at 31st International Congress of Actuaries

The UB School of Economics researchers Montserrat Guillen and Ana M. Pérez-Marín have received the best paper award for their research on semi-autonomous vehicle insurance at the 31st International Congress of Actuaries (ICA), which took place in Berlin from 4 to 8 June 2018. The paper, entitled “The transition towards semi-autonomous vehicle insurance: contributions from usage-based data”, concludes that advanced driver assistance systems can reduce the number of fatal car…

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May 24, 2018

UB School of Economics to host the XXXIII Jornadas de Economía Industrial in September

The Universitat de Barcelona School of Economics will host the XXXIII Jornadas de Economía Industrial on September 6-7, 2018. The Jornadas is an annual meeting of researchers in theoretical and empirical Industrial Economics organized by the Committee on Industrial Economics of the Spanish Economic Association (AEE) in order to share ideas, network and learn. The conference attracts more than one hundred participants, including researchers, PhD students and experts in industrial economics….

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May 24, 2018

Four Teaching Assistant scholarships available for new MSc and PhD students in Economics

The Universitat de Barcelona School of Economics has announced four Teaching Assistant (TA) Scholarships aimed at students joining the MSc in Economics or the PhD in Economics in the academic year 2018/19. Successful candidates will perform teaching support activities at the Faculty of Economics and Business, devoting a total of 32 hours a month. Candidates will be assessed according to their academic career and performance, as well as their motivation…

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May 7, 2018

Open call for papers for the IX Workshop on Economics of Education

The Barcelona Institute of Economics (IEB) at the UB School of Economics welcomes the submission of papers for presentation at the IX Workshop on Economics of Education, due to take place in Barcelona on September 13th-14th. The aim of this workshop is to establish and share the theoretical and methodological knowledge frontier of economics of education and to access a diversity of applied studies in which different methodologies are used….

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May 7, 2018

UB School of Economics research shows that bilingualism at school increases the returns to schooling

The 1983 reform that introduced bilingualism in Catalan schools increases the earnings return to each additional year of schooling, according to a recent study by Lorenzo Cappellari (Catholic University of Milan) and Antonio Di Paolo (University of Barcelona School of Economics). The authors exploits the implementation of the Language Normalization Act of 1983 –which established Catalan as a medium of instruction in primary and compulsory secondary schools alongside Spanish– in…

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