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El investigador Guillem Riambau, nuevo profesor agregado de la UB

Guillem Riambau, investigador del Instituto de Economía de Barcelona, ​​ha sido nombrado profesor agregado de la Universidad de Barcelona. El doctor Riambau es miembro del Departamento de Economía en la Facultad de Economía y Empresa, Sección de Economía Política, Economía Pública y Economía Española. El profesor Riambau ha desarrollado su trayectoria como investigador focalizándose en…

2024/07: The effect of removing early retirement on mortality

This paper studies the mortality effect of delaying retirement by investigating the impacts of the 1967 Spanish pension reform, which affected the general population and exogenously changed the early retirement age, depending on the date individuals started contributing to the pension system. Using the Spanish administrative data, we find that delaying retirement by one year increases the hazard of dying between the ages of 60 and 69 by 38 percent. We show that the reform leads to higher mortality in all subgroups, and the effects are statistically stronger for those employed in sectors with the highest workplace accidents and for those with low selfvalue jobs. Moreover, we show that allowing flexible retirement mitigates the adverse effects of delaying retirement.

2024/06: It where it hurts: Healthcare access and intimate partner violence

This paper investigates the causal link between healthcare access and intimate partner violence (IPV) victims’ help-seeking behavior. Access to healthcare serves as a critical avenue for screening or detecting IPV. Doctors are legally mandated to report suspected criminal injuries to the authorities and can guide victims towards IPV support services. We exploit the 2012 reform in Spain that removed access to the public healthcare system for undocumented immigrants. We use court reports and protection order requests from the Judicial Branch of the Spanish government to perform a difference-in-differences approach, comparing the helpseeking behavior of foreign and Spanish women before and after the reform. We find that restricting healthcare access led to an immediate 12% decrease in IPV reporting and protection order applications among foreign women, particularly in regions with strict enforcement. Importantly, we show suggestive evidence that the reform did not change the underlying incidence of IPV but the results are driven by a reduction in injury reports from medical centers. Our findings are important given the increase in migration flows globally as well as for corrent debates on granting/limiting access to healthcare for marginalized groups.

XIII INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC SYMPOSIUM: Strategies for 2050: energy and industry perspectives

February 4, 2025 – Aula Magna Edifici Històric UB

2024/05: The taxing challenges of the state: Unveiling the role of fiscal & administrative capacity in development

During the past two decades, several factors have challenged the stability of na-tional states, adding tensions to the connection between the state and the individual. This paper reviews the literature on state capacity. First, it introduces the origin of the literature and presents the well-established positive correlation between state ca-pacity and economic development. Second, it touches upon fiscal and administrative capacity and conflict. It concludes with a provocative reflection on digital nomads to push the research frontier in analysing the connection between the state and the individual.

Memoria 2023 del IEB, doce meses de grandes avances

El Instituto de Economía de Barcelona (IEB) acaba de publicar su memoria anual en la que se recoge la actividad de la entidad a lo largo de 2023. Cabe resaltar que en el año en cuestión se puso en marcha el Observatorio del Federalismo Fiscal dando así continuidad a una de las grandes líneas de…