Sebastian Aparicio, Ph.D.

Serra Hunter Fellow, Department of Business

Research Fellow, CREIS & CIEU

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona


Currently I am a Serra Hunter Fellow in the Department of Business at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). In addition, I am affiliated as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Entrepreneurship and Social Innovation Research (CREIS-UAB) and Centre for University Entrepreneurship (Centre d’Iniciatives Emprenedores Universitàries CIEU-UAB–); and as a Junior Research Fellow in the Institute for Development Strategies at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IDS-SPEA, Indiana University). I participate in different research and consulting projects at UAB (e.g. GUESSS-UAB - Global University Entrepreneurial Spirit Students' Survey), and Fundación ECSIM Centro de Estudios en Economía Sistémica. I also sit on the Editorial Board of the journals Entrepreneurship Theory and PracticeEntrepreneurship Research Journal, and Cogent Business & Management, among others. I am also one of the Research Seminars coordinators at the Department of Business (UAB).

I received a degree in Economics from Universidad de Antioquia, a M.Sc. in Economics from Universidad EAFIT, a M.Phil. in Applied Research in Economics & Business MAREB- and a Ph.D. in Economics & Business (route Entrepreneurship & Management -IDEM-) from UAB. During my Ph.D. studies, I was Visiting Scholar in the IDS-SPEA at Indiana University.

I am mainly interested in the effects of entrepreneurial activity and innovation on economic growth and development under the institutional lenses. Some of my research has been published in various international journals such as Journal of World Business, Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Small Business Economics, and Entrepreneurship & Regional Development, among others.

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(15/4/2019) INSTITUTIONS, ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND ECONOMIC PERFORMANCE (with David Urbano and David B. Audretsch)

Using institutional economics as a theoretical framework, this book analyzes institutional environment conduvice to entrepreneurial activity in order to enhance economic performance across countries.

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(01/02/2022) CAN FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS BOOST SOCIAL MOBILITY IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES(with David Audretsch, Maria Noguera and David Urbano)


We investigate the institutional influence on the probability of becoming a female entrepreneur and the effect of this decision on social mobility in developing countries.

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(29/03/2023) INCENTIVIZING KNOWLEDGE INSTITUTIONS FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SOCIETY(with Mathew (Mat) Hughes, David Audretsch, and David Urbano)

Going beyond the traditional approach of formal and informal institutions as antecedents of entrepreneurship (directly) and development (indirectly), this paper seeks to explore knowledge institutions as a necessary input for entrepreneurship and the development of societies.

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In light of the varying global observations, it is crucial to understand how regional and multi-layered institutional settings influence SMEs to adopt, implement, and utilize digital resources to form solid policies and appropriate facilitative mechanisms.

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Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona Department of Business

Edifici B, Campus UAB, 08193, Cerdanyola del Vallès (Barcelona), Spain.