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Daniel Albalate

Daniel Albalate

Associate Professor, UB


Daniel Albalate Del Sol is an Associate Professor at the Universitat de Barcelona (Department of Econometrics, Statistics and Applied Economics) and Deputy Director of its Observatory of Policy Analysis and Evaluation since 2017. He is an economist with a research profile at the intersection of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration. More specifically, he conducts applied research on the empirical evaluation of public policies in a variety of fields: transportation and infrastructure, local government services, regional and urban economics, and public-private partnerships, among others. He published more than 50 articles in international scientific indexed journals and led several competitive research projects at both regional and national levels on public sector reforms, mobility, climate and ageing transitions and methods for the empirical evaluation of public policies. He is the author of 3 books and editor of two others. According to Scopus-based ranking, he belongs to the world top 2% most cited social scientists. In 2009, he received the Mosher Award of the American Society for Public Administration to the best research article of the year.

Background and education

  • (2008) PhD in Economics, Universitat de Barcelona
  • (2007) MSc. in Economics, University College London
  • (2003) BA in Economics, Universitat de Barcelona


Research interests

  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Transportation, Mobility and Infrastructure
  • Local government services
  • Public-Private Partnerships

Selected publications

  • Albalate, Daniel; Bel, Germà

    2021.Politicians, bureaucrats and the public–private choice in public service delivery: anybody there pushing for remunicipalization?.Journal of Economic Policy Reform,24 (3):361-379Link
  • Albalate, Daniel; Fageda, Xavier

    2021.On the relationship between congestion and road safety in cities.Transport Policy,105:145-152LinkLogo open access
  • Albalate, DanielMazaira-Font, Ferran A

    2021.Decoupling synthetic control methods to ensure stability, accuracy and meaningfulness.SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association,12:549–584Link
  • Albalate, Daniel; Bel, Germà; Mazaira-Font, Ferran A

    2021.Geography and Regional Economic Growth: The High Cost of Deviating from Nature.Journal of Regional Science,ForthcomingLinkLogo open access
  • Albalate, Daniel; Bel, Germà

    2020.Do government formation deadlocks really damage economic growth? Evidence from history’s longest period of government formation impasse.Governance,33 (1):155-171LinkLogo open access
  • Albalate, Daniel; Gragera, Albert

    2020.The impact of curbside parking regulations on car ownership.Regional Science and Urban Economics,81, 103518LinkLogo open access
  • Albalate, Daniel; Bel, Germà; Geddes, R. Richard

    2020.Do Public-Private Partnership enabling laws increase private investment in transportation infrastructure?.The Journal of Law and Economics,63 (1):43-70LinkLogo open access
  • Borsati, MattiaAlbalate, Daniel

    2020.On the modal shift from motorway to high-speed rail: evidence from Italy.Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice,137:145-164LinkLogo open access
  • Albalate, Daniel; Bel, Germà; González-Gómez, Francisco; Picazo-Tadeo, Andrés J

    2020.Contract Renewal in Urban Water Services, Incumbent Advantage, and Market Concentration.Public Administration Review,ForthcomingLink