Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC)

The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public institution devoted to research in Spain and the third largest in Europe, with 120 research institutes in all branches of knowledge distributed throughout the Spanish territory. Its main objective is to develop and promote research for the benefit of scientific and technological progress. The Institute of Public Goods and Policies (CSIC-IPP), created in 2007, is one of the CSIC institutes in Madrid in the area of social sciences and humanities. Research at the IPP focuses on the comparative analysis of public goods and their nature, on the design and implementation of public policies and on the interaction of both, in order to contribute to the advancement of knowledge on the relationship between society, markets and the State.

The CSIC-IPP group is made up of four researchers: Catalina Martínez (who acts as coordinator of the node), Alejandro Caparrós, Adelheid Holl and Pablo del Río. Clara Casado provides research assistance.

Valerio Sterzi (GREThA, University of Bordeaux) is associated researcher.



Alejandro Caparrós

… holds a PhD in Economics and is a Research Scientist at the IPP, where he was Director from 2015 to 2019. He has published extensively on issues related to the economics of climate change, having participated in national and European projects on this topic. He is currently lead author of the chapter on international cooperation in the Sixth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He has published in journals such as Environmental and Resource Economics, Energy Economics, Energy Policy, Public Choice, Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, Oxford Economic Papers, American Journal of Agricultural Economics and Land Economics. 

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Adelheid Holl

is a Tenured Scientist at CSIC-IPP. She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Sheffield. She is a recipient of the FBBVA Leonardo Scholarship in Economics and editor of the journal Regional Studies, Regional Science. Her main research interests are in Economic Geography; including industrial location and spatial behaviour of companies. She has published in international journals such as Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Economic Geography, Regional Science and Urban Economics, Journal of Regional Science, Industry and Innovation, or Science and Public Policy, among others. 

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Catalina Martínez (coord.)

is Tenured Scientist at CSIC-IPP where she was deputy director between 2015 and 2018. Between 2018 and 2021 she was executive adviser at CSIC Vicepresidency of Organisation and Institutional Relations. Before joining CSIC, after the PhD, she worked for an economics consulting firm in London and Brussels and at the OECD Directorate for Science, Technology and Industry in Paris. She studies business and research incentives and science and technology policies, in relation to patents, technology markets and science-industry links. She has published in journals such as Research Policy; Journal of Technology Transfer; Economics of Innovation and New Technology; Industry and Innovation, among others.

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Pablo del Río

… is a Research Scientist at CSIC-IPP. PhD in Economics, his research interests focus on the intersection between environmental economics, innovation economics and energy economics. He has published more than 90 papers in the main journals in these fields and participated in 9 European projects related to these topics. He is currently a partner in two research projects of the H2020 programme, on the design of renewable auctions (AURES II) and on solar energy (MUSTEC). Member of the editorial board of Energy Policy, Energy Sources Part B: Economics, Policy and Planning and Renewable Energy Law and Policy.


Clara Casado

is a Research Assistant at CSIC-IPP. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Economics at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and a MSC in Environmental and Natural Resource Economics at the University of Copenhagen. Her main research interests are the intersection between innovation and environmental economics, and the analysis of climate change impacts. Her academic background includes environmental economic valuation research projects, and economics of science and innovation.


Associated Researchers 

Valerio Sterzi

… is associate professor of economics at the University of Bordeaux where he teaches economics of intellectual property rights and economics of innovation. He is also research fellow at GREThA, CNRS, and co-director and chairman of the Strategic and Scientific Committee of VIA Inno (https://gretha.cnrs.fr/via-inno/), the technological platform and center of expertise of the University of Bordeaux.

His main research interests relate to economics of innovation and economics of patents and his works appeared in international peer-reviewed scientific journals such as Research Policy, Industrial and Corporate Change, Industry and Innovation, World Development, and Journal of Economics & Management Strategy. He is currently the coordinator of a project funded by the French National Research Agency on the role of non-practicing entities in the European patent market (https://npeie.org).