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2020 Summer School in Urban Economics at Barcelona Institute of Economics in Barcelona, Spain.

June 8-10 2020

Deadline for applications: March 20, 2020.

The UEA Summer School is designed for PhD students with an interest in urban economics including inter alia housing, real estate, transportation, local public good provision, the spatial distribution of activities, economic geography, and urban or regional policy.

The objective of the summer school is to offer an intensive training program for interested PhD students. The summer school will provide an opportunity for students to learn about the research frontier in urban economics, discuss their own research with leading researchers in the field in a relaxed and open atmosphere and meet some of the future stars in the field.


  • Gabriel Ahlfeldt (London School of Economics)

  • Nate Baum-Snow (University of Toronto)

  • Donald Davis (Columbia University)

  • Thomas J. Holmes (University of Minnesota)

  • Miren Lafourcade (Université Paris-Saclay)

  • Dávid Krisztián Nágy (CREI & Universitat Pompeu Fabra)


The summer school will run for three days. On each day of the summer school, there will be two lectures. In addition, several students will have an opportunity to present their current research.


They invite applications from PhD students who are in their second year or beyond their studies. Places in the school are limited by space constraints. Participants are expected to attend all three days in full.

Application Procedure

Email your CV and a one-page description of the topic of your PhD as one pdf file to ieb.summer@ub.edu with “UEA Summer School 2020, Your Name” in the subject line. Ask one of your faculty advisors to send a short note to the same email address with the same subject line endorsing your application to attend and noting how it relates to your research interests and dissertation plans. If you wish to present a paper at the summer school (this is not a requirement to apply), including the paper in the same PDF file as your CV and the one-page description of the topic of your PhD. They consider only papers which are single-authored or co-authored with other PhD students. Abstracts and extended abstracts are not considered.

Registration Fee and Financial Support

There is a registration fee of 150€, which covers coffee breaks, working lunches and at least one evening event. You are responsible for making your own travel and accommodation arrangements. They have limited funds available to support students who need financial support. If you would like to apply for such support, please outline your case in your application in a separate section "Financial Support Request". They strongly encourage students to first investigate available travel funding from their own universities.


Deadline for applications: March 20, 2020.

They will inform you whether you have been accepted to the IEB/UEA Summer School by mid-April 2020.


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