The members of this research team include UIC professors and lecturers as well as other international participants, who have experience in applied economics research. This experience lies in fields that can be pinpointed within the following disciplines:
A great deal of the research carried out in these areas has been undertaken using econometric techniques. In order to do so the supervisors of this research group invited a recognised specialist in order to achieve significant scientific production.
At first glance it may seem like too many fields are being covered here, at least when you look at the number of researchers. However, despite this, it is important to point out that these are areas that are all closely related. The topics studied also tend to bring all the various disciplines together — which becomes clear when observing the titles of the work the group has published. This work includes articles on the relationship between health and educational levels, between the family’s job situation and educational performance, and between the labour market and the professional sports industry, etc.
Some of the topics the group has studied to date and which have subsequently led to publication in indexed journals are described here, although not exhaustively. Other topics were able to be tackled immediately, due to the experience of the researchers, who were able to guarantee a suitable degree of scientific rigour.
On the one hand, these included the following issues: academic performance and the return made on the cost of education, on research and development costs, and labour productivity. Also competences acquired in the educational process that have a decisive impact on individual academic performance and then have an impact on school drop-out and the significance of the family structure in relation to that in their turn.
Issues related to health economics have also been tackled, with particular emphasis on the following aspects: obesity, the relationship between the educational levels of parents and their children's health, and the use of healthcare resources. Additionally, one of the researchers has made a significant contribution to the literature on "peer effects".
On the other hand, in the field of labour economics, the following issues have been addressed: persistent unemployment, temporary work, the job market for professional sportspeople, etc. The latter area of interest constitutes one of the links to sports economics. Within this context anything related to media value and the assessment of intangible talent in professional sport will be examined, as well as more general subjects from the fields of microeconomics and industrial organisation (the structure of competition, free entry, etc.).