Publications

Donostia – San Sebastían: A City in Search of Talent and Innovation

The case describes the story of a city, Donostia-San Sebastián, which has the political and institutional goal to become a city of innovation and entrepreneurship.To achieve this, there are different dilemmas related to the size of the city, the shortage of talent in certain specialties, cannibalization of talent...

The Quality-Acces Tradeoff in Decentralizing Public Services: Evidence from Education in the OECD and Spain

Decentralized delivery of public services should enhance constituents’ ability to hold politicians accountable and improve public service outcomes, according to theory. Yet, decentralization has not consistently yielded those improvements.

LATIN AMERICA LOSES ITS GROWTH POTENTIAL

We recently talked about the theory of economic complexity, and disclosed some revealing data about the economic complexity of Spain. We would like to continue this series by focusing on the countries of Ibero-America. Specifically, we will analyze the extent to which their productive capabilities have evolved in recent years.

THE 2030 AGENDA WAS MADE FOR US

“We’ve already met most of the goals. Besides, this agenda wasn’t made for us.” We hear these words too often coming from international representatives when they’re asked about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, established in the 2030 Agenda. In most cases, this response shows a failure to grasp the fact that in 2015...

CAPACITY AND DIVERSITY: YOU WON’T GET AHEAD BY FOLLOWING THE CROWD

Tell me what you can do and I’ll tell you what you're worth." While this sentence may come across as vague at first glance—something we could easily hear in a job interview or in the context of US doctorates—it can actually be applied as a tool to predict the economic growth of an area, region or country.

The Local Geography of Transnational Terrorism

Why are some locations more attractive targets for transnational terrorism than oth-ers? Remarkably little is known about the local-level conditions and attributes that determine precisely where transnational terror attacks occur within targeted countries.To date, quantitative terrorism research identi es country- or region-level correlates of terrorism,...