Policy Research Live – The European Recovery Fund: An Effective Policy Measure to Deal with Covid-19 Consequences?

The Econ-Pol network has organized a webinar to discuss the recovery fund that is being raised to face this crisis, which will be attended by speakers Clemens Fuest (ifo) and Antonia Díaz (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid).


“Policy Research Live – The European Recovery Fund: An Effective Policy Measure to Deal with Covid-19 Consequences?”

Online Event: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 – 15:30 and 17:00

Department of Economics rises to 45th place of QS ranking

The Department of Economics of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid rises to 45th place of QS ranking by disciplines, placing it once again in the Top 50 in the discipline of “Economics and Econometrics”.

The QS ranking prioritizes research at universities by analyzing four indicators: the academic institution’s reputation among academics, the reputation among employers, the number of citations and the so-called h index, which measures the quality of researchers according to the number of citations their articles have received.

Along with Economy UC3M, another 18 Spanish faculties – belonging to 10 Universities – join, reaching the top 50 in their respective areas.

Source: El País, Topuniversities

New Research Honorary and Emeritus

From now, Full Professors:  Félix Lobo y Javier Ruiz-Castillo have become Honoray Members in the Institute of Economics of Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. Luis Corchón  becomes Professor Emeritus of the Department of Economics at the Carlos III University of Madrid.

Félix Lobo is graduated in laws and Phd in Economics.  He became  Full Professor in Universidad de Santiago de Compostela and Universidad de Oviedo in 1980. From 1990 to 2017 he had a position as Full Professor in Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. He has been General Manager of Chemistry and Sanitary Products, President  of La Agencia Española de Seguridad Alimentaria y Nutrición and currently, he is the  President of Comité Asesor para la Financiación Farmaceútica del Sistema Nacional de Salud. In 2009, H.M. Juan Carlos I, awarded him with  la Gran Cruz de la Orden Civil de Sanidad.

Javier Ruiz-Castillo, Phd in Economics in  Northwestern University, has been Full Professor in la Universidad Complutense de Madrid, General Manager of Instituto Nacional de Estadística and from 1990 to 2017, Full Professor in  Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. His research has focused on Welfare Economics and Public Economics and recently on Scientometrics.

Luís Corchón, Phd in Economics in  Universidad Complutense de Madrid and London School of Economics has been full professor in University of Alicante (1988-1996), UPF (1996-1997) and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid Since 1997. His research focuses in Industrial Organization and mechanism design.

Irma Clots-Figueras wins the XVIII Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Economic Research

Irma Clots-Figueras  has been awarded for her quantitative research work on gender aspects in political economy. // The Banco Sabadell Foundation Award for Economic Research, endowed with 30,000 euros, recognizes the work of researchers in the field of economic, legal and social business knowledge

Barcelona, 26 de junio de 2019-. The jury from the XVIII Premio Fundación Banco Sabadell a la Investigación Económica awards to Dra. Irma Clots-Figueras (1977, Vilanova i la Geltrú, Barcelona) as winner of the 2019 prize, endowed with 30,000 euros, for her work of quantitative research on gender aspects in political economy. The award will be delivered on October 8 in Oviedo.

Irma Clots-Figueras is a reference in the field of political economy and development economics, areas in which she has dealt with a wide variety of topics, such as the political participation of women, the importance of the education of political leaders , the costs and benefits of gender quotas and how education contributes to modeling identity. His work is an example of how economic research techniques are very useful for the rigorous analysis of issues of great relevance and social impact.

Her work, published in top-level academic journals, have been widely cited and have had a great impact on the sector.

More about Irma Clots-Figueras

She has a degree in Economics from the Pompeu Fabra University, a PhD in Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a professor at the University of Kent. He has developed his academic career in the Economics Department of the University Carlos III  of Madrid.

Fundación Banco Sabadell award to the Economic Research


This award, whose endowment amounts to 30,000 euros, aims to encourage and recognize the work of researchers in the fields of economic, business and social knowledge and contribute to the analysis and formulation of alternatives that promote social welfare. It has been convened since 2002 and has an annual nature. It is aimed at researchers under 40 years – age that can be extended to a maximum of one year for each child when there are interruptions in the professional career due to maternity – that have an outstanding research curriculum in the aforementioned fields. The candidates for the prize are proposed by researchers, universities, academic and research centers, foundations, companies and other national and international institutions.

About  Fundación Banco Sabadell

The Banco Sabadell Foundation was established as a private foundation in 1994 with the intention of stimulating excellence and promoting knowledge of culture. Its objective is to promote outreach, training and research activities in the educational, scientific and cultural fields, as well as to encourage and support young talent.


Source of the original news : Fundación Banco Sabadell

Félix Lobo. President of the “Comité Asesor para la Financiación de la Prestación Farmacéutica del Sistema Nacional de Salud”

On March 22, the Council of Ministers agreed, at the proposal of the Ministry of Health, the creation of an Advisory Committee to finance the pharmaceutical provision of the National Health System (NHS). This week, the Ministry has announced the names of the people who will constitute the Committee, which will be chaired by Felix Lobo Aleu.
Ana Ortega Eslava has been named vice-president of the Advisory Committee, while Jaume Puig Junoy, Marta Trapero Bertrán, Ana Clopés Estela, Emilio Alegre del Rey and Roberto Sabrido Bermúdez have been appointed members of this committee. Membership of the Advisory Committee will always be individual and members will not receive retribution.

Advice on pricing
This committee will be in charge of providing advice, evaluation and consultation on the pertinence, improvement and follow-up of the economic evaluation necessary to support the decisions of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Drug Prices.
Among other tasks, it will advise on measures to be undertaken to improve the criteria and procedures for setting the financing prices of medicines that can be financed by the System.


First formal meeting between Minister Pedro Duque and the alliance of Severo Ochoa centers and María de Maeztu units, SOMMa

Last Monday, February 11th, a formal meeting took place at the highest level between representatives of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, and the Severo Ochoa – María de Maeztu alliance (SOMMa). The meeting, produced in the framework of the Minister’s visit to the ALBA synchrotron, certified the first formal meeting between the alliance and the Minister, Pedro Duque.

On behalf of the Ministry, together with Minister Duque, the general secretary of coordination of scientific policy, Mr. Rafael Rodrigo, and the minister’s cabinet director, Mrs. Immaculada Aguilar.

On behalf of the SOMMa alliance, its president, Luis Serrano, represented the managers of the SOMMa member centers and units, Bruna Vives, representing the European Open Science Policy Platform of the European Commission, Michela Bertero, and the Coordinator of SOMMa, Joaquim Calbó.

The meeting allowed SOMMa to formally introduce Minister Duque, as well as establish new channels of communication, providing the minister with first-hand knowledge of the alliance. The issues discussed in the meeting focused on issues in the field of science policy, with a prominent place for the recent Royal Decree-Law 3/2019, of 8 February, which establishes urgent measures in the field of science, Technology, Innovation and the University.

As regards the RD in its entirety, the alliance conveyed its clearly positive assessment, highlighting it as a step forward for science in Spain. However, some doubts were conveyed about particular aspects of its drafting that may limit the real impact of long-demanded measures. These referred to issues such as the establishment of permanent contracts charged to the project or public procurement for minor works.

Other issues dealt with were the problems associated with the application of VAT in science, the establishment of a multi-year budget for the State Research Agency, the implementation of an Open Science policy in Spain and the S Plan, as well as the future European Framework Program. Regarding this last point, SOMMa highlighted the importance of frontier research forming an integral part of future European transnational projects and that the quality of research remains the main criterion for evaluation.

After the meeting, the Ministry called on the alliance to provide complementary information to some of the issues addressed in the meeting to help assess the issues highlighted from SOMMa. Likewise, the Ministry offered the establishment of periodic meetings between the general secretary of Scientific Policy Coordination and the grouping of all the managers of the alliance, a grateful offer and valued very positively from SOMMa.

Finally, the representatives of the alliance emphatically expressed their willingness and desire to continue maintaining fluid communication and collaboration with the Ministry, in pursuit of a solid scientific policy favorable to research in Spain.


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Meeting of the Alliance of Centers of Excellence

The 25 centers of excellence Severo Ochoa and the 16 Units of Excellence María de Maeztu, reference in leading research of the country, have met in Madrid for the first time in the Ministry of Economy before the Secretary of State of R & D Carmen Vela to demand from the government a change in the economic management of the research activities.

At the meeting, Somma Alliance presented the report  “Actions to safeguard Competitiveness in Science. The report calls for actions to elimanate bureaucatric obstacles that hinder the competitiveness of reseach centers and in many cases endanger their sustainability in the medium term. Among these requests are the consideration of science as an economyc activity of general interest in order tha research centers can reimburse VAT, a cleared regulation that does not depend of the decisions of the inspectors who evaluates the expeditures, flesibility in hiring researches and a change in the law of public contracts that requires  to open a public procurement process for purchases over 15,000€.


El País


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