Raul Ramos

University of Barcelona, Spain, and IZA, Germany

IZA World of Labor is an excellent way to disseminate research findings to policymakers, but at the same time, it also provides researchers and students a good summary of the state-of-the-art research in each of the considered topics. I am happy to participate in this innovative project

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor in Applied Economics at the University of Barcelona, Spain

Research interest

Labor markets, human capital, and education; regional and urban economics; international economics and monetary issues; spatial econometrics, bibliometric techniques, meta-analysis

Positions/functions as a policy advisor

Consultant for the European Parliament, the European Commission, Eurofound, OECD, and UNESCO


PhD Economics and Management Science, Universitat de Barcelona, 1999

Selected publications

  • “Educational mismatches in the EU: Immigrants vs. natives.” International Journal of Manpower 36:4 (2015): 540–561 (with A. Matano and S. Nieto).

  • “How relevant is the origin of human capital for immigrant wages? Evidence from Spain.” Journal of Applied Economics 18:1 (2015): 149–172 (with E. Sanroma and H. Simón).

  • “Portability of human capital and immigrant overeducation in Spain.” Population Research and Policy Review 34:2 (2015): 223–241 (with E. Sanroma and H. Simón).

  • “Immigrant occupational mobility: Longitudinal evidence from Spain.” European Journal of Population-Revue Europeenne de Demographie 30:2 (2014): 223–255 (with E. Sanroma and H. Simón).

  • “Regional economic growth and human capital: The role of overeducation. Regional Studies 46:10 (2012): 1389–1410 (with J. Suriñach and M. Artís).