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Sants Food Market (Barcelona)

Date: 01/04/2020 Author(s): J. Salvador; Fancesc Trillas; Joan Enric Ricart; Miquel Rodriguez Planas Document type: Study and Monograph The food market Mercat de Sants was opened in 1913 in the Sants neighborhood of Barcelona inside
an art-nouveau-style (or modernist) building to accommodate the ongoing outdoor food market
existing at that time.
In 2009, after decades of intense use and poor maintenance of the building, the Barcelona Municipal
Market Institute ...
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II Jornada de Competencia y Regulación en el Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones

Date: 01/02/2020 Author(s): Document type: Occasional Paper More information

Internal Devaluation as a Commitment Device in the Euro Area crisis

Date: 01/01/2020 Author(s): Ramon Xifré Document type: Working Paper To overcome the Euro Area crisis, periphery countries were pushed to cut labour costs. However, internal devaluation (ID) is known to improve exports only partially. This opens the question as to why ID was so central in managing the crisis. We argue that ID, beyond its purely economic impact, functioned also as a commitment device to overcome two ... More information

Eloquent Silence: Civil Service Career Development in the EU Financial Assistance Programmes Conditionality

Date: 01/01/2020 Author(s): Ramon Xifré Document type: Working Paper This article examines how civil servants? career development has been treated in the loan-driven EU reform recommendations for Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Ireland and Spain in the aftermath of the crisis. There are virtually no proposals for reforming the career development of the respective civil services in these documents.  We argue that this omission ... More information

Overlooked in the debate? Non-price competitiveness in the five largest Euro Area countries

Date: 01/01/2020 Author(s): Ramon Xifré Document type: Working Paper This paper obtains a comprehensive measure of non-price competitiveness factors (NPCFs) based on a simple international trade model. Trade frictions are reinterpreted as the NPCF?s conditions (inferior product quality, and suboptimal geographical and industry specialization of exports) that inhibit trade. The setup is applied to the five largest Euro ... More information

Financing Smart Solutions in Cities: Smart Financing

Date: 01/11/2019 Author(s): Carlos Carrasco; Pedro Franca; Joan Enric Ricart; Jordi Salvador; Albert Tapia Document type: Occasional Paper This document was drafted based on the workshops held at IESE Business School in academic year 2018-2019 with designers of smart projects and financial stakeholders with the goal of analyzing the best financing systems for the application of these smart solutions in urban areas for building retrofits, sensorization, and sustainable mobility. More information

The Economic Impact of Bike Sharing in European Cities

Date: 01/05/2019 Author(s): Albert Tapia; Joan Enric Ricart; Miquel Rodríguez Planas; Sergi Martínez; Valeria Bernardo Document type: Study and Monograph The aim of the document is to analyze the economic impact of bike sharing in 13 European cities. There is a historical overview of the various solutions proposed up to now, before the document deals with their effects on the economy, health, environment and transport of the 13 cities. To that end, the authors have relied on the input-output method ... More information Read related article

Parceria Público-Privada na América Latina

Date: 01/10/2018 Author(s): Pascual Berrone; Xavier Fageda; Carmina Llumà; Joan Enric Ricart; Miquel Rodríguez; Jordi Salvador; Francesc Trillas Document type: Book PPPs are complex, long-duration contractual structures with higher transaction and financing costs than conventional procedures. Furthermore, governments that decide to use this type of tool must be trained properly [in their structuring, use and execution]. This need for training can be even more recurrent in regional or local governments, where sometimes, ... More information

Shaping the Cities of Tomorrow

Date: 01/07/2018 Author(s): Hugo Ferradans; Albert Tapia; Miquel Rodríguez Planas; Albert Banal Estanol; Joan Enric Ricart Document type: Study and Monograph This report analyzes 29 smart solutions in energy matters that allow improving sustainability and the environment in urban environments. The different cases analyzed focus on more sustainable energy consumption in neighborhoods, more sustainable mobility and improved energy access based on renewable solutions. ... More information Read related article

The Term Structure of Interest Rates with Housing

Date: 01/05/2018 Author(s): Carles Vergara Document type: Working Paper This paper develops a general equilibrium model to study the link between the amount of capital invested in housing assets and the term structure of interest rates. In the model, the production of housing assets is irreversible and housing assets can be used as collateral for borrowing funds. Agents' decisions about consumption and investments in housing ... More information
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