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International Institute of Public Finance

Albert Solé-Ollé


1999: PhD in Economics. University of Barcelona.
1994: MsC in Economics. Instituto de Estudios Fiscales (IEF), Madrid
1992: Bachelor degree in Economics. University of Barcelona.

Present Positions
Professor, Department of Public Economics, University of Barcelona (Jan. 2009-present)
Member of the Institut d’Economia de Barcelona (IEB) (2000-present)
Director of the IEB Research Program on Fiscal Federalism (2009-present)
CESifo research affiliate (2007-present)

Previous Positions
ICREA Academia 2008 (Period 2009-2013)
Associate Professor, Dep. of Public Finance, University of Barcelona (2001-2008)
Assistant Professor, Dep. of Public Finance, University of Barcelona (1999-2001)

Other Activities

Visiting researcher
University of California-Irvine (UCI). July –September, 2012 to 2017.
STICERD, LSE. May 2012.
University of California-Irvine (UCI). September 2010-June 2011.
Universitta di Ferrara. Ferrara. Italy. May 2009.
Uppsala University. Sweden. April 2008.
CESifo-Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität. Munich. Germany. May-June 2007.
Universitée Rennes I. France. January-February 2005.
Center for European Economic Research (ZEW). Manheim. Germany. April-May 2000.

Referee and editorial services
Editorial Board:
Hacienda Pública Española. Revista de Economía Pública (2007-11);
European Journal of Political Economy (since 2011); Journal of Urban Economics (since 2015).

Papers in Regional Science, Guest editor of the Special issue on ‘Productivity and financing of regional transport infrastructures’, 2012 (with A. Stephan, and T. Valila).
International Tax and Public Finance, Policy Watch Editor (since 2013)

Organization of conferences
IEB Workshop on Fiscal Federalism and Political Economy (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017), IEB Workshop on Urban Economics (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2018), IEB Summer School on Public Economics (2008, 2009, 2010), IEB-UEA Summer School on Urban Economics (2016, 2018), IEB Symposium on Fiscal Federalism (2004, 2007, 2008, 2010).

Selected Publications

"Does electoral competition curb party favoritism?" American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, forthcoming 2018 (with Pilar Sorribas and Marta Curto).

"Partial fiscal decentralization and education outcomes. Difference-in-differences evidence from Spain." Journal of Urban Economics, forthcoming 2018 (with Paula Salinas).

"Trust no more? On the lasting effects of corruption scandals." European Journal of Political Economy, forthcoming 2018 (with Pilar Sorribas).

"Citizen ghosts: Using notches to identify manipulation of population-based grants." Journal of Public Economics 154, 49-66, 2017 (with D. Foremny and J. Jofre)

"Does zoning follow highways?" Regional Science and Urban Economics 53, 148-155, 2015 (with E. Viladecans and M.A. García-López).

"Do political parties matter for local land use policies?" Journal of Urban Economics 78, 42-56, 2013 (with E. Viladecans).

"Does fiscal decentralization foster regional investment in productive infrastructure?" European Journal of Political Economy 31 (15-25), 2013 (with A. Kappeler, A. Stephan and T. Välilä)

"Inter-regional redistribution through infrastructure investment: tactical or programmatic?" Public Choice 156(1-2), 229-252, 2013.

"Pork-barrel politics in semi-democracies: the Spanish ‘Parliamentary roads’, 1880-1914." Journal of Economic History 72/03, 771-796, 2012 (with M. Curto and A. Herranz).

"Corruption, voter information, and accountability." European Journal of Political Economy 28/4, 469-484, 2012 (with E. Costas and P. Sorribas).

"Which communities should be afraid of mobility? The effects of agglomeration economies on the sensitivity of firm location to local taxes." Regional Science and Urban Economics 42/ 1–2, 257-268, 2012, (with J. Jofre).

"Lobbying, political competition and local land supply: recent evidence from Spain," Journal of Public Economics 96/1–2, 10-19, 2012 (with E. Viladecans).

"The effects of partisan alignment on the allocation of intergovernmental transfers. Difference-indifference estimates for Spain." Journal of Public Economics 92 (10), 27-56, 2008 (with P Sorribas).

"Yardstick competition and the political costs of raising taxes: an empirical analysis of Spanish municipalities." International Tax and Public Finance 14(1), 71-92, 2007 (with N Bosch).

"The effect of party competition on budget outcomes: empirical evidence from local government in Spain." Public Choice 126/1, 145-176 2006.

"Expenditure spillovers and fiscal interactions: empirical evidence from local governments in Spain." Journal of Urban Economics 59/1, 32-53, 2006.

"The regional allocation of infrastructure investment: the role of equity, efficiency and political factors." European Economic Review 49/5, 1165-1205, 2005 (with A. Castells).

"On the relationship between authority size and the costs of providing local services: lessons for the design of intergovernmental transfers in Spain." Public Finance Review 33/3, 343- 384, 2005 (with N Bosch).

"Central cities as engines of metropolitan area growth." Journal of Regional Science 44/2, 321- 350, 2004 (with E. Viladecans).

"Electoral accountability and tax mimicking: the effects of electoral margins, coalition government, and ideology." European Journal of Political Economy 19/4, 685-713, 2003.

"Tax setting in a federal system: the case of personal income taxation in Canada." International Tax and Public Finance 9, 235-257, 2002 (with A Esteller).

"Vertical income tax externalities and fiscal interdependence: evidence from the US." Regional Science and Urban Economics 31, 247-272, 2001 (with A Esteller).

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