en Blog [EN] - Research Centre on Economics and Sustainability (ECO-SOS) | Universitat Rovira i Virgili Blog [EN] Mon, 11 Jul 2022 10:35:59 +0000 Mon, 11 Jul 2022 10:35:59 +0000 Houdini 2 (https://houdini.antaviana.cat/) / The link between cryptocurrencies and Google Trends attention This paper revisits the linkage between cryptocurrencies and public disclosed preferences, proxied by online searches. We show that cryptocurrencies are not related to a general uncertainty index as measured by the Google Trends data by Castelnuovo and Tran (2017). Instead, cryptocurrencies are linked to a Google Trends attention measure specific for this market.

Wed, 08 Jun 2022 11:23:29 +0000 https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/241/the-link-between-cryptocurrencies-and-google-trends-attention https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/241 0
The application for funding may be diverting researchers from doing research: The perverse effects of competitive research calls.

A researcher from the Universitat Rovira i Virgili at the Dept. Economics/Eco-SOS and a researcher from the Max Planck Society in Germany have analysed different ways of reducing inefficiency and the waste of resources associated with the application to research funding calls.

Wed, 20 Apr 2022 12:10:06 +0000 https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/240/the-application-for-funding-may-be-diverting-researchers-from-doing-research-the-perverse-effects-of-competitive-research-calls https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/240 0
Detection of Geographical Clustering: Cultural and Creative Industries in Barcelona

Creative clusters are increasingly being recognized as vital tools in the promotion of the competitiveness, innovation, urban development, and growth of cities in developed countries. This paper studies the geography of Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in Barcelona (Spain) for the years 2009 and 2017. We investigate the spatial distribution of firms using the Scan methodology, which identifies the localization of clusters and assigns them statistical significance. Our findings indicate that CCIs are not located haphazardly- they tend to cluster in and around Barcelona's prime districts. The evolution of the clusters over these nine years reveals distinct patterns of clustering among the twelve CCI sub-sectors. The mature clusters in Barcelona's core tend to have greater growth and enhanced transformation capabilities. Our results can guide CCI cluster policy, taking into account the specificity of each sub-sector. In addition, they can direct place-based development strategies, creative urban and rural planning, and restructuring in a polycentric context.

Wed, 20 Apr 2022 10:23:56 +0000 https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/239/detection-of-geographical-clustering-cultural-and-creative-industries-in-barcelona https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/239 0
Policies for Supporting the Regional Circular Economy and Sustainability

The Circular Economy and Sustainability are among the greatest challenges faced by policy makers, producers, and consumers. Circular Economy processes demand less from the environment since they can minimize waste generation, and, hence, can be powerful tools to combat the negative effects of climate change.

Additionally, following subsidiarity principles, public policies supporting the Circular Economy should be designed at the lowest levels of public administrations-this provides huge opportunities for regional governments to design, implement and monitor these policies. This paper explores and discusses implications for those policies before introducing the five papers published in the special issue dedicated to policies for regional economy and sustainability.

While some of the papers attempt to conceptualize sustainable development through a microeconomic perspective, others have a clear macroeconomic empirical focus. In consequence, this special issue provides a rich body of work for further Circularity and Sustainability nexus studies.

Wed, 20 Apr 2022 10:07:51 +0000 https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/238/policies-for-supporting-the-regional-circular-economy-and-sustainability https://www.eco-sos.urv.cat/en/activities/238 0
The city of start-ups: Location determinants of start-ups in emergent industries in Barcelona

Several authors suggest that cities promote technology, innovation, and the growth of disruptive technologies (Bosma and Sternberg, 2014; Balland et al., 2020). In recent years, cities have become nursery start-ups and high-risk investments have shifted from the outskirts to the city center (Florida and Mellander, 2016). This is a common trend, observed not only in the United States, but in many major cities around the world (Florida, 2013; Florida and Mellander, 2016).

Among these, Barcelona occupies a prominent place internationally, just behind European cities such as London, Paris, Berlin and Amsterdam. Its growing popularity as a business center is due at least in part to the efforts made by the Generalitat in recent years to develop a rich and diverse ecosystem.

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