Vicente Royuela is Associate Professor of Applied Economics in the University of Barcelona, and has been Visiting Researcher in the University of Reading (UK) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (US). He is member of the Board of Directors of the Quantitative Analysis Research Group (AQR-IREA), and Managing Editor of REGION, the flagship journal of the European Regional Science Association. His research agenda is focused in applied economics and especially in Regional and Urban Economics. In the last years he has been working in migration issues and in urban growth, and particularly in testing the importance of different sources of agglomeration economies, such as network economies and particularly the role of quality of life and consumption amenities in urban growth.