The Network of Excellence in Economics (NEXCELECON) is structured around a core formed by the Departments of Economics, Business Economics and Social Sciences at the Carlos III University of Madrid, together with the Joint Institute UC3M- Juan March of Social Sciences and the Department of Economics of the University of Alicante. Research excellence and the quality of its doctoral programs have placed research groups in economics and politics of NEXCELECON in positions of great prestige in international rankings. This success illustrates the potential of the Spanish University System to generate academic frontline units.
This network aims to contribute to the strengthening of three key activities to consolidate and increase the size and impact of economic research conducted by researchers affiliated with these institutions in international academic context, paying particular attention to improve our position within Europe and within activities restrictive financial framework. These activities are attracting talent, doctoral programs and actions designed to enhance exchanges and international visibility of its researchers.
The general aims of the "Consolidating Economics" project are to:
- Foster research in the different areas of Economics, both theoretical and applied, where a position of international prestige has already been attained.
- Increase the bibliometric impact of the research team during the next half-decade by about 25% over what has been achieved during 2001-05.
- Create or strengthen interdisciplinary links that will also lead to research projects and publications.
- Develop a new Spanish institution, the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE) to support and foster graduate teaching in close collaboration with the ongoing Ph.D. programs
- Promote Economics research in Spain by supporting the Symposium of Economic Analysis and the associated Job Market for Ph.Ds in Economics and by awarding prizes for the best publications produced at Spanish institutions.
- Increase activities aimed at increasing international cooperation and projection, particularly with Europe and Latin America.
The objetive of the project is to promote the size and impact of the research in economics of the academic participating institutions: the Department of Economics of the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros, the Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada, and the Panel on the Technology of Innavation of the Department of Applies Economics of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
EFIGE: European Firms in a Global Economy: Internal Policies for External Competitiveness
EFIGE is a four-year Collaborative Research Project funded by the 7th Framework Programme (Collaborative Programme) of the European Commission. It involves Bruegel, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, CEPII, CEPR, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Applied Economic Research, and Unicredit Group. The project will look at the international competitiveness of European firms on the basis of comparative firm level surveys that will be carried out in parallel in seven EC countries.
Further information is available at www.efige.org
SCience, Innovation, FIrms and markets in a GLObalized World
The SCIFI-GLOW collaborative project examines simultaneously the organization of the ‘knowledge sector’ and the behaviour of firms and markets.
The project aims to do this by bringing together two ‘communities’ of economic researchers: those interested primarily in the research sector and those who look at the effect of globalization in terms of trade flows, the organization of firms and product and labour market outcomes. SCIFI-GLOW will connect research teams with expertise in the following areas:
- economics of science and innovation;
- economics of incentives and contracts;
- industrial organization;
- international trade
- labour economics
The project will combine theoretical and empirical research, and build upon the growing availability of databases, both at the cross-country and at the national level to highlight interesting case studies.