Accreditations and Projects

The Secretaría de Estado de I+D+i of the Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad (MINECO) granted in the 2014 the “María de Maetzu” accreditation corresponding to its Centers and Units of Excellence program to the Economics Department of the UC3M. According to the MINECO, the Department of Economics of the UC3M develops a research program of high quality in economics, micro and macroeconomics, in addition to having a researcher recognized as a reference in Europe. “It is worth highlighting the synergy between the research lines and its international doctoral program, as well as its plans for attracting talent”.

All the centers and units with Excellence Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu have joined in an Alliance of Centers of Excellence in order to give them and propose improvements in the public funding policies of research. Further information in SOMM.

The mission of the European Research Council (ERC) is to promote the highest quality research in Europe through competitive funding and to support research in all fields of science based on scientific excellence. The ERC Competitiveness Scholarships support projects on the border of researchers seeking to establish or consolidate their research team or program or leading researchers in their field. These scholarships have become indicators of excellence in scientific research.

Nowadays, two members from the Department of Economics have obtained an ERC Consolidator Grant:

This consortium brings together all researchers from the Department of Economics of the Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M), integrated into the research groups in Microeconomics and Industrial Economics, Macroeconomics, Development and Labor Economics, Econometrics and Applied Economics, and the group of research in Quantitative Economics and Mathematics of the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM).

The consortium’s research aims to contribute to a better understanding of some of the main economic, political, demographic and social problems that currently face the countries that participate in a globalized economy.

The specific topics of research cover fundamental problems such as market regulation, policy design and evaluation, the design of electoral systems and federal organizations, the analysis of social conflicts, emigration policies, social mobility, redistributive effects of macroeconomic policies, the aggregate consequences of investment decisions of households and businesses, the orientation of investment in research and development, the evaluation of scientific production, or the consequences of climate change.

In addition, the research topics include methodological studies related to the properties of competitive equilibrium and market balances or dynamic system and game solutions, necessary to facilitate research on substantive issues, as well as the treatment of databases of different nature (panel, spatial, duration, dynamic) and the development of novel econometric methods to optimally use the empirical evidence available in the hypothesis test.

The result of these research lines is generating a significant number of publications in journals of maximum impact contributing to improve the scientific production and international visibility of the researchers of the consortium.