Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés

Professor Raquel Ortega-Argilés

The Department of Strategy and International Business
Chair, Regional Economic Development

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University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Currently, Raquel Ortega-Argilés holds the Chair in Regional Economic Development at the department of Strategy and International Business and the City-REDI research institute at Birmingham Business School, The University of Birmingham, UK. Her current research work focuses Productivity, Innovation, Regional development, SMEs, entrepreneurship and industrial dynamics and on regional and European Policy.


PhD in Economics, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain.


Previously, Raquel was a Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow and an assistant professor at the department of Global Economics and Management in the Faculty of Economics and Business of the University of Groningen, The Netherlands; a postdoctoral researcher at the IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research of the Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon, Portugal); a researcher at the IPTS, Joint Research Center of the European Commission (Seville, Spain), a senior research fellow in the Entrepreneurship, Growth and Public Policy group at the Max-Planck Institute of Economics (Jena, Germany) and a junior researcher at the Regional Quantitative Analysis research group of the University of Barcelona (Barcelona, Spain). She holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Barcelona. At Barcelona Raquel taught Statistics courses to Economics, Business Administration and Sociology undergraduate students, and at Groningen Raquel taught intermediate and advanced econometrics to Bachelor and Masters students in economics and business. Raquel has also been a visiting scholar at the Norwegian School of Management.

Her work has been published in international journals such as Canadian Journal of Economics, Journal of Productivity Analysis, Empirical Economics, Research Policy, Annals of Regional Science, Investigaciones Regionales, Science and Public Policy, Small Business Economics, Regional Studies, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Contemporary Economic Policy, Science and Public Policy and in refereed books on innovation, European policy or regional economic development topics. 

Postgraduate supervision

Raquel supervises PhD students at the Department of Global Economics and Management, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Groningen, The Netherlands on Labour and International Economics topics.

Raquel is interested in supervising potential PhD students at Birmingham Business School working on topics related to regional and urban economics, innovation, entrepreneurship, productivity and international business performance.  


Specialties: Panel data econometrics, R&D, innovation, productivity, capital and ownership structure, SMEs, European Regional and Innovation Policy, Entrepreneurship and Industrial dynamics, Labour Economics.

Research projects

Principal Investigator: The Economic Impacts of Brexit on the UK, its Regions, its Cities and its Sectors (funded by ESRC)


Journal Publications (within the last 5 years)

Chen, W., Los, B., McCann, P., Ortega-Argiles, R., Thissen, M., van Oort, F (2018) The Continental Divide? Economic Exposure to Brexit in Regions and Countries on both Sides of the Channel, Papers in Regional Science, 97(1), 25-54,DOI: 10.1111/pirs.12334

Prenzel, P., Ortega-Argilés, R., Cozza, R and M. Piva (2017) The interplay between regional and industrial aspects in the R&D-productivity link: Evidence from Europe, Regional Studies,

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argilés (2016) Smart Specialisation: Insights from the EU Experience and Implications for Other Economies, Journal of Regional Research, 36, 279 to 293.

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argiles (2016) The Early Experience of Smart Specialisation Implementation in EU Cohesion Policy, European Planning Studies, 24(8), 1407-1427.  DOI:10.1080/09654313.2016.1166177

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argiles (2016) Smart Specialisation, Entrepreneurship and SMEs: Issues and Challenges for a Results-Oriented EU Regional Policy, Small Business Economics: An Entrepreneurship Journal, 46(4), 537–552. DOI 10.1007/s11187-016-9707-z

Acs, Z., Szerb, L., Ortega-Argilés, R., Aidis, R. and A. Coduras (2015) “The Regional application of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI): The Case of Spain”, Regional Studies, 49(12), 1977-1994.

Komlósi Éva, Szerb László Acs J. Zoltán, Raquel Ortega-Argilés (2015): Quality related regional differences in entrepreneurship based on the GEDI methodology: The case of Hungary, Acta Oeconomica, 69(3) 455-477, DOI: 10.1556/032.65.2015.3.6

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argilés (2015) Smart Specialisation, Regional Growth and Applications to EU Cohesion Policy, Regional Studies, 49(8), 1291-1302,

Ortega-Argilés, R., Piva, M.C., and M. Vivarelli (2015) “Productivity Gains from R&D Investment: Are High-tech Sectors Still Ahead?”, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 24(3), 204-222, April.

Ortega-Argilés, R., Piva, M.C., Vivarelli, M. (2014) The transatlantic productivity gap: Is R&D the main culprit?, Canadian Journal of Economics, 47(4), 1342-1371, November,

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argilés (2014) “Smart Specialisation in European Regions: Issues of Strategy, Institutions and Implementation”, European Journal of Innovation Management, 17(4), 409-427.  DOI: 10.1108/EJIM-05-2014-0052.

Komlósi, E.; László, S.; Ács, Z. J., and Ortega-Argilés. R. (2014) A vállalkozási tevékenység regionális különbségei Magyarországon a regionális vállalkozási és fejlődési index alapján, Közgazdasági Szemle, LXI.,  Március, 233–261.

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argilés (2014) The role of the Smart Specialisation Agenda in a Reformed EU Cohesion Policy, Italian Journal of Regional Science, 13(1), 15-32. 10.3280/SCRE2014-001002

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argilés (2013) Transforming European Regional Policy: Smart Specialisation and a Results-Driven Agenda, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 29(2), 405-431. 10.1093/oxrep/grt021

McCann, P. and R. Ortega-Argilés (2013) Modern regional innovation policies, Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 6(2), 187-216. doi:10.1093/cjres/rst007,

McCann, P., and R. Ortega-Argilés (2013) Redesigning and Reforming European Regional Policy: The Reasons, the Logic and the Outcomes, International Regional Science Review, 36(3), 424-445.

Ortega-Argilés, R. (2012) The Transatlantic Productivity Gap: A Survey of the Main Causes, Journal of Economic Surveys, 26(3), 395-419.

Kumbhakar, S.; R. Ortega-Argilés; L. Potters; M. Vivarelli and P. Voigt (2012) Corporate R&D and firm's distance to the frontier: Evidence from Europe's top-R&D investors, Journal of Productivity Analysis, 37(2), 125-140, April.

Ortega-Argilés, R. (2011) El impacto de la inversión en I+D+i sobre la productividad del trabajo, Papeles de Economía Española: “España en la era de la Innovación”, 127, 106-119.

Ortega-Argilés, R.; Potters, L., and M. Vivarelli (2011) R&D and Productivity: Testing Sectoral Peculiarities Using Micro Data, Empirical Economics, 41(3), 817-839. 

Book chapters (since 2011)

McCann, P. and Ortega-Argiles, R. (forthcoming) Universities and their economic and social contribution to regional development. In: Attila, V (eds) Handbook of Universities and Regional Development, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham.

Bedreaga, I.R., Ortega-Argilés, R. and P. Mccann (2018) Multinational Performance and Geography of FDI: Issues of Embeddedness, Strategic Fit and the Dimension of Distance. In: Beaverstock, J., The Routledge Companion to the Geography of International Business, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York and London.

McCann, P. and Ortega-Argilés, R. (2017) The Intellectual and Practical Bases of the Application of RIS3 within EU Cohesion Policy, p.8-22. In: McCann, P., van Oort, F and J. Goddard, The Empirical and Institutional Dimensions of Smart Specialisation, Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, New York and London.

McCann, P. and Ortega-Argilés, R. (2017) Regional Competitiveness, Policy Transfer and Smart Specialisation. In: Huggins. R., and Thompson, P., (eds.) Handbook of Regions and Competitiveness: Contemporary Theories and Perspectives on Economic Development, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham.

McCann, P. and Ortega-Argilés, R. (2016) Innovation, R&D and Knowledge Spillovers: The Role Played by Geographical and Non-Geographical Factors. In. Shearmur, Richard and Christophe Carrincazeaux, Handbook on the Geographies of Innovation, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham.

McCann, P. and Ortega-Argilés, R. (2016) Smart Specialisation and its role in a reformed EU Cohesion Policy: Innovation, Ideas and Implementation. In: Piattoni, S. and Poverari, L. (eds.), Handbook on Cohesion Policy in the EU, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham.

Acs, Z., Szerb, L., Ortega-Argilés, R., Aidis, R. and A. Coduras (2015) “The Regional application of the Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI): The Case of Spain”, Regional Studies, 49(12), 1977-1994, in Acs Z., Global Entrepreneurship, Institutions and Incentives. The Mason Years, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham.

Foray, D., McCann, P., & Ortega Argiles, R. (2015). Smart Specialisation and European Regional Development Policy. In D. B. Audretsch, A. N. Link, & M. L. Walshok (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Local Competitiveness. (pp. 458-481). New York: Oxford University Press.

Szerb, L.; Komlósi, E.; Ács, Z.J. and Ortega-Argilés, R. (2013) "Measuring Regional Entrepreneurship in Hungary," In: Proceedings- 11th International Conference on Management, Enterprise and Benchmarking (MEB 2012), Óbuda University, Keleti Faculty of Business and Management

McCann, P. and Ortega-Argilés, R. (2013) Smart Specialisation, Regional Innovation Systems, and EU Cohesion Policy. In: Thissen, M., van Oort, F., Diodato, D., and Ruijs, A. (eds.), Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialisation in Europe: Place-based development in international economic networks. Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham.

Ortega-Argilés, R. (2013) R&D, Productivity and the Transatlantic Productivity Gap. In: Giarratani, F., Hewing, G.J.D, and McCann, P., (eds.), Handbook of Economic Geography and Industry Studies, Edward Elgar Publishers, Cheltenham

McCann, P. and Ortega-Argilés, R. (2013) Some Practical Elements Associated with the Design of and Integrated and Territorial Place-Based Approach to EU Cohesion Policy, In: Crescenzi, R. and M. Percoco (eds.), Geography, Institutions and Regional Economic Performance, Advances in Spatial Science Series, 95-118, Springer, Berlin. (

Cozza, C.; R. Ortega-Argilés; M. Piva and R. Baptista (2012) Productivity gaps among EU regions, In: Audretsch, D.B.; Lehmann, E.E.; Link, A.N.; Starnecker, A., Technology Transfer in a Global Economy, International Studies on Entrepreneurship, vol 28. Springer, Berlin. (

Economic Policy Analysis Publications (since 2011)

Ranga, M., Ortega-Argilés, R., and Bartzokas, A. (2015) Pre-peer Review of Hungarian Research and Innovation System. Horizon 2020 Policy Support Facility. European Commission DG Research and Innovation

Szerb, L., Acs, Z.J., Autio, E., Ortega-Argilés, R., Komlosi, E. (2014) REDI: The Regional Entrepreneurship and Development Index. Measuring Regional Entrepreneurship in the European Union. Final report of the project EC-DGUrban and Regional Policy 2012.CE.16.BAT.057 Doi: 10.2776/79241

Ortega-Argilés (2014) ERAWATCH country report 2012: The Netherlands, European Commission, JRC, IPTS and DG-RTD, ERAWATCH network.
DOI: 10.2791/46464

Ortega-Argilés (2013) Regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation: the case of Extremadura, document elaborated for DGRegional and Urban Policy, European Commission, under the project: Expertise RIS3 Spain-Extremadura-Castilla La Mancha – No2012CE160AT059. February 2013.

Ortega-Argilés (2013) Regional Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation: the case of Castilla la Mancha, document elaborated for DGRegional and Urban Policy, European Commission, under the project: Expertise RIS3 Spain-Extremadura-Castilla La Mancha – No2012CE160AT059. February 2013. 

OECD (2012) “Draft Synthesis Report on Innovation Driven-Growth in Regions: The Role of Smart Specialisation”, December 2012, OECD-TIP-Innovation and Technology Policy.

Ortega-Argilés, R. (2012) “Study of R&D-Productivity Link at the Industry Level,” Study elaborated for the department of Innovation and Competitiveness of the European Investment Bank, Luxembourg, June 2012.

Ortega-Argilés, R. (2012) “Economic Transformation Strategies: Smart Specialisation case studies”, report elaborated for DG Regional Policy, European Commission, Brussels, Belgium, January 2012.

Foray, D.; Goddard, J., Goenaga, X., Landabaso, M., McCann, P., Morgan, K., Nauwelaers, C., Ortega-Argilés, R., Mulatero, F. (2011) RIS3 GUIDE, European Commission – Regional Policy and Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, Joint Research Center, Smart Specialisation Platform:

Journal Book reviews (within the last 5 years)

Ortega-Argilés, R. (2014) “Working regions: reconnecting innovation and production in the knowledge economy”, Regional Studies, 48(8), 1449-1450. 10.1080/00343404.2014.938467

Ortega-Argilés, R. (2013) Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurship and Regional Development. National and Regional Perspectives, by Michael Fritsch, Journal of Regional Science, 53(2), 362-264.


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Trade analysis (input-output, econometrics); Firm, Industrial and regional productivity and competitiveness analysis (longitudinal and time-series analysis); Entrepreneurship (composited indicators); Innovation and Entrepreneurship Policy; Smart Specialisation; Brexit.