SPAIN, Madrid

last updated 30/1/13

Team Members

  • Luis Rubalcaba,, PhD in Economics , Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Alcalá, Former President of RESER (2004-2008)
  • Juan R. Cuadrado-Roura, , PhD in Economics (Complutense University), Professor of Economic Policy (Em.) at the University of Alcalá, Founder Director of IAES (University Institute for Economic and Social Analysis).
  • Andrés Maroto, PhD in Applied Economics, Assistant  Professor of Microeconomics at the Autónoma University, Madrid, Researcher at the University of Alcalá and IAES.
  • Stefano Visintin, PhD in Applied Economics, Researcher at IESE Business School and Associate Professor at Universidad Nebrija
  • Jorge Gallego, PhD in Applied Economics, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Alcalá.
  • Gisela Di Meglio, PhD in Applied Economics, Assistant Professor at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Researcher at the University of Alcalá.
  • Carlos Iglesias Fernandez, Graduate in Economics; Ph.D. Sociology, Lecturer at Applied Economics,University of Alcalá. .

About IAES

Stefano Visintin, Jorge Gallego

IAES (University Institute for Economic and Social Analysis) was created in May of 1996 with the denomination of Laboratory of Investigation of the Activities of Services (Servilab). Since then, it is integrated in the University of Alcalá, Madrid. The main objective of IAES is the study of the facts and socio-economic problems that modern societies face in a global and changing world. The works developed are not limited to theoretical aspects; they always assist to the demands and practical consequences of the studied topics, trying to offer proposals and alternatives for the action.

The service sector and its different activity branches are one of the major research areas of Servilab. However, the Institute has extended its field of interest to other subjects, as the labour market, the territorial and environmental questions, the problems of the small and medium companies, and the financing of the productive activities, among others. The central research topics of Servilab can be summarized as follows:

  • Services, Innovation and Competitiveness: business services, fairs and exhibitions, European policies, public sector economics, productivity.
  • Sectorial Studies, Finances and Medium and Small Enterprises: business finances and innovation (SME), evaluation of public policies and business development services, entrepreneurial spirit and creation of companies.
  • Labour Market, Employment and Training Area: female labour market, tertiarisation and labour implications.
  • Urban and Territorial Studies Area: regional growth, economic disparities and convergence, economic activities location, regional policy and evaluation of public policies, European economy.

Selected Research Projects on Services

Gisela DiMeglio
  • ServPPIN: The Contribution of Public and Private Services to European Growth and Welfare, and the Role of Public-Private Innovation Networks, EU 7TH Framework Programme (2008-2011). Coordinator: Luis Rubalcaba, University of Alcalá, Spain.
  • Innpuprisan: Innovation and public-private services interactions: the case of health. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (January 2010/ December 2012). Coordinator: Luis Rubalcaba, University of Alcalá, Spain.
  • Evaluation of R&D needs in business-related services companies. DG Internal Market and Services (2006). Coordinator: Pim den Hertog, Dialogic, The Netherlands.
  • PUBLIN: Innovation in Public Services, EU 5TH Framework Programme (2002-2005). Coordinator: STEP Group, Norway.
  • EU Platform Foresight: The future of R&D in services. DG Research (2005). Coordinator: Ian Miles, PREST, Manchester, UK.

Books (English)

  • CUADRADO ROURA, J.R. (2013, forthcoming), ed. and co-author, Service industries Growth, Location Trends and Regional Effects; Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg.
  • GALLOUJ, F., WINDRUM, P. and RUBALCABA, L. (2013, forthcoming), eds.,Public Private Innovation Networks in Services. The dynamics of Cooperation in Service Innovation, Edward Elgar.
  • RUBALCABA, L. (2007), The new service economy: Challenges and policy implications for Europe, UK and US: Edward Elgar
  • RUBALCABA, L. and KOX, H. (Eds) (2007), Business services in European economic growth, UK: Palgrave-MacMillan.
  • CUADRADO, J.R. y PARELLADA, M. (eds) (2002), Regional Convergence in the European Union, Berlin, Heidelberg and New York: Springer.
  • CUADRADO, J.R., RUBALCABA, L., BRYSON, J. (Eds) (2002), Trading Services in the Global Economy, UK and USA: Edward Elgar.
  • RUBALCABA, L. (1999), Business Services and the European Industry: Growth, Employment and Competitiveness, Brussels: Commission of the European Union.

Book chapters

  • RUBALCABA, L., DI MEGLIO, G. and GALLEGO, J. (2013, forthcoming), ‘Public-private innovation networks and social innovation in the service economy’, in: New forms of organization in Knowledge-based Societies: Social Innovation, Non-Profit organizations and Social Entrepreneurship, Routledge.

  • Cuadrado-Roura, J.R. (2012), ‘Regional Policy. What (it seems) we have learned’; in: Ph. Cooke, D. Parrilli, J.L. Curbelo (eds.): Innovation, Global Change and Territorial Reliance. E. Elgar Publishing, pp. 303-334.

  • Cuadrado-Roura, J.R. (2009), ‘Towards New European Peripheries?’; in: Ch. Karlsson, B. Johansson, R.R. Stough (eds.):Innovation, Agglomeration and Regional Competition. Edward Elgar Publishing, pp- 170-197.

  • MAROTO, A. and RUBALCABA, L. (2008) Structure, size and reform of European public sector. In Windrum and Koch Entrepreneurship, Creativity, and Management, Edward Elgar

  • CUADRADO, J. R. (2008), “Towards New European Peripheries”. In: R. Stongh et al, Innovation, Agglomeration and Regional Competition, UK: Edward Elgar.

  • RUBALCABA, L. and GARRIDO, R. (2006), “Urban concentration of European business services”. In: Carrillo (Ed) Knowledge cities, Buttherworth-Heinemann, Burlington, US: Elsevier.

  • CUADRADO-ROURA, J.R. (2005), “European 'Peripheries': New Concepts and Challenges”. In: VVAA., Regions in Competition and Co-operation; Univ. of Trollhättan / Uddewala, Sweden, pp. 251-294.

  • RUBALCABA, L. and GAGO, D. (2002), “National and International Effects in Business Service Concentration”. In: I. Miles and M. Miozzo (Eds.) Internationalisation, technology and services, Edward Elgar, pp: 137-160.

  • RUBALCABA, L. and CUADRADO ROURA, J.R. (2001), “Spain: Knowledge-intensive services: a paradigm of economic change”. In: P. Wood (Eds.), Consultancy and Innovation: the Business Service Revolution in Europe, London and New York: Routledge, pp: 316-343.

  • CUADRADO, J.R. y MARTINEZ SIERRA, F. (2001), “Dynamique urbaine et innovation dans l'aire métropolitaine de Madrid. Analyse de trois sous-systèmes spécifiques”. O.Crevoisier y R.Camagni: Les milieux urbains: innovation, systèmes de production et Ancrage; EDES-GREMI, Neuchâtel, pp. 19-348.

  • CUADRADO, J.R. (2000), "The analysis of Tourism through a disaggregated I-O table", en APDR (ed.), Tourism Sustainability and Territorial Organisation, Coimbra (Portugal), pp. 15-38.

Articles and working papers

  • DI MEGLIO, G., STARE, M. and JAKLIC, A. (2012), “Explanation for public and private service growth in the enlarged EU”, The Service Industries Journal, Volume 32(4), Taylor & Francis.
  • Gallego, J., Hipp, C., Rubalcaba, L. (2012), “Services and Organisational Innovation: the Right Mix for Value Creation”, Management Decision, in Press.
  • Gallego, J., Hipp, C., Rubalcaba, L. (2012), “Organisational Innovation in Small European Firms: a Multidimensional Approach”, International Small Business Journal, in Press, DOI: 10.1177/0266242611430100
  • Rubalcaba, L., Gallego, J., Gallo, M., Garrido, R. (2012), “Business Services Location and Market Factors in Major European Cities”, Cities, in Press, DOI:
  • DUEÑAS, D., IGLESIAS, C. and LLORENTE, R. (2010) “ICTEmployment, Over-education and Gender in Spain. Do Information and Communication Technologies improve the female labour situation?”New Technology, Work and Employment, 25, 3, 238-252.
  • Gallego, J., Maroto, A. (2010), “Analysis of the Localisation of Knowledge-Intensive
    Services (KIS) across European Regions”, Investigaciones Regionales, No. 17, 71-92.
  • LLORENTE, R., IGLESIAS, C. and DUEÑAS, D. (2010,. “Job Quality, Job Satisfaction and Services in Spain”.Journal of Innovation Economics; 5, 1; 145-166.
  • Rubalcaba, L., Gago, D., Gallego, J. (2010), “On the Differences between Goods and Services Innovation: New Evidences from European Industries”, Journal of Innovation Economics, No. 5, 17-40.
  • Rubalcaba, L., Gallego, J., Den Hertog, P. (2010), “The Case of Market and Systemic Failures in Services Innovation”, The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 30, Nos. 4, 549-566.
  • VISINTIN, S., MAROTO, A., DI MEGLIO, G. and RUBALCABA, L. (2010), “The role of cost related factors in the competitiveness of European services”, Global Economy Journal, Vol. 10, Issue 3, Article 4, The Berkeley Electronic Press.
  • Cuadrado-Roura, J.R. and Garcia-Tabuenca, A. (2009) , “Innovative and creative entrepreneurship in Spain”; Int. Journal Foresight and Innovation Policy, vol.5, Nos. 1/2/3, pp. 113-135
  • Maroto-Sánchez A. and Cuadrado-Roura, J.R. (2009), “Is growth of services an obstacle to productivity growth? A comparative analysis”; Structural Change and Economic Dynamics, vol. 20, 4; pp.254-266        
  • RUBALCABA, L. and DI MEGLIO, G. (2009), “Services in EU Competition Policy”, Journal of Service Science, Vol. 1, Issue 2, 121-146, Springer.
  • Di Meglio, G., Visintin, S., Gallego, J. (2008), “Innovation and Globalisation in Services”, Economía Exterior, No. 44, 61-68.
  • Gallego, J., Rubalcaba, L. (2008), “Shaping R&D and Services Innovation in Europe”, International Journal of Services Technology and Management, Vol. 9, No. 3-4, 199-
  • Rubalcaba, L., Gallego, J. (2008), “Innovation in Services and Public Funding in Europe”, Economía Industrial, No. 367, 107-120.
  • RUBALCABA, L. (2007), “Services in European Policies”, Bruges European Economic Policy Briefings Nº16.
  • KOX, H. and RUBALCABA, L. (2007), “Analysing the Contribution of Business Services to European Economic Growth”, Bruges European Economic Research Papers Nº9.
  • GARCÍA-GOÑI, M., MAROTO, A. and RUBALCABA, L. (2007) Workers motivation in European health services, Health Policy Vol. 84/2-3: 344-358.
  • GAGO, D. and RUBALCABA, L. (2007), “Innovation and ICT in service firms: towards a multidimensional approach for impact assessment”, Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Vol.17, issue 1, pp. 25-44.
  • RUBALCABA, L., DI MEGLIO, G., VISINTIN, S., MAROTO, A. y GALLEGO, J. (2007), “The Competitiveness of European Services”, Proceedings of the RESER Conference, Tampere, Finland.
  • RUBALCABA, L. (2006) “Which policy for innovation in services?”, Science and Public Policy, Vol. 33, No.10, pp.745-756.
  • RUBALCABA, L. and GALLEGO, J. (2006), “The participation of business-related services in public R&D programmes: their particular role in EU Framework Programmes”, Paper prepared for the European Commission project: Evaluation of the R&D needs on business-related services enterprises, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
  • RUBALCABA, L. and MERINO, F. (2005), “Urban supply-demand interrelations in business services”, The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 24, pp. 163-180.
  • CUADRADO, J.R and GARCÍA TABUENCA, A. (2004), “ICT Policies for SMEs and Regional Disparities. The Spanish Case”, Entrepreneurship and Regional Development, 16, Jan, 2004, 55-75.
  • RUBALCABA; L. and GAGO, G. (2003), “Location and role of innovative business services in European regions: testing some explanatory factors”, The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 23. No. 1, pp. 77-94.
  • MAÑAS, E., GABALDON, P. and RUBALCABA, L. (2002), “Service family consumption: some explanatory factors”, The Service Industries Journal, Vol. 22, No. 1, pp. 92-121.
  • MERINO DE LUCAS, F. (2001): "Spanish Economy and Economic Record", en Readers'? Guide to the Social Sciences, pp. 1571-1573, (Ed. Jonathan Michie), Ed. Fitzroy Publishers.

Books in Spanish

  • Cuadrado-Roura, J.R. and Maroto-Sánchez, A. (2012),  El problema de la productividad en España. Causas estructurales, cíclicas y sectoriales; Funcas, Madrid, 309 pp.
  •  Cuadrado-Roura, J.R. and Maroto-Sánchez, A. (2010), Servicios y Regiones en España; Ed. Funcas, Madrid.
  • Cuadrado-Roura, J.R. (DIR.) (2010), Política Económica. Objetivos, instrumentos, elaboración; McGraw-Hill, Madrid, 4th. Edition.
  • RUBALCABA, L. (2008), Los servicios en la economía europea: desafíos e implicaciones de política económica, Madrid: Marcial Pons.
  • MAROTO, A. and CUADRADO, J.R. (2006), La productividad de la economía española, Spain: Instituto de Estudios Económicos.
  • CUADRADO, J.R. and FERNÁNDEZ-FERNÁNDEZ, T. (2005), El área de libre comercio Euromediterránea: hitos conseguidos y perspectivas futuras, Spain: Marcial Pons.
  • GARRIDO, R. (2002), Cambio estructural y desarrollo regional en España, Spain: Editorial Pirámide.


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