Barcelona GSE Summer Forum

The Barcelona GSE Summer Forum is a series of independent workshops that cover the main fields of Economics.

The objective of the Summer Forum is to bring top researchers from around the globe to Barcelona to debate the present and future of the frontier of knowledge in Economics.


academics and researchers from 177 institutions


papers presented (selected from 1,460 total papers submitted to workshop calls)


workshops over 14 days

Summer Forum Organizers

Julian di Giovanni (ICREA-UPF, CREI and Barcelona GSE)
Inés Macho-Stadler (UAB and Barcelona GSE)
Jaume Ventura (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE)

Calvó-Armengol International Prize

Awarded every two years to a top researcher in economics or social sciences younger than 40 years old for contributions to the theory and comprehension of the mechanisms of social interaction.

In addition to the Severo Ochoa Program, the Calvó Prize receives support from the Government of Andorra and the Crèdit Andorrà Foundation.

Economics «Trobada»

The Economics “Trobada” is an annual gathering of Barcelona GSE affiliated professors that marks the beginning of the academic year, introduces new faculty and their work to the research community, and serves as a venue for debate and idea exchange on current Economics issues.

Barcelona GSE PhD Jamboree

The annual Jamboree provides a venue for PhD students across the Barcelona GSE community to exchange ideas and get feedback on their work in progress.

Barcelona JOCS

Barcelona JOCS seminars provide a meeting point for the game theory community in the Barcelona area. Seminars are held several times a year; in each seminar, one local speaker and one invited speaker present papers.

IDESCAT-Barcelona GSE Socioeconomic Dataset Project

The Barcelona GSE and the Statistical Institute of Catalonia (IDESCAT) have created a registry-level database for researchers interested in using the data that combines education, health, and other socio-economic data.

In collaboration with:

New la Caixa» Foundation Research Grants on Socioeconomic Well-being

This year, «la Caixa» Foundation continued its support for ground-breaking research at the Barcelona GSE by creating these competitive grants for Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors. Five projects were awarded grants for their ground-breaking methodologies and direct implications for socioeconomic well-being.

«Analyzing Conflict from Space»
André Gröger (UAB and Barcelona GSE) and
Hannes Mueller (ICREA-IAE and Barcelona GSE)

«Causal Effects of Early Interventions on Child Health and Cognitive Development»
Libertad Gonzalez (UPF and Barcelona GSE)

«Labor Market Effects of Selective Immigration Policies»
Joan Llull (UAB, MOVE and Barcelona GSE)

«Stabilization Policies and Growth: A Keynesian Growth Perspective»
Luca Fornaro (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE)

«Understanding Risk and Time Preferences»
Jose Apesteguia (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE)

The Barcelona GSE is the only institution dedicated to research on Economics and the social sciences to obtain the Severo Ochoa accreditation, first for 2012-15 and then again for 2016-19.

Research Recognition Program

This program acknowledges and rewards Barcelona GSE affiliated professors who have published research papers in a list of international economic journals of high impact within the last three years.


Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors were recognized in the 2017 call.

Seed Grants Program

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants provide support for applied research, especially for young researchers.


Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors were awarded Seed Grants in 2017-18.

Barcelona GSE Focus

The Focus is a website that offers research-based analysis and commentary from economists and social scientists in the Barcelona GSE community.

In 2017-18, there were 20 new articles published on the Focus.

The site has over 5,000 email subscribers and receives visits from more than 125 countries (62% from outside Spain)

Barcelona GSE joins SOMMa Research Alliance to safeguard scientific competitiveness in Spain

The Severo Ochoa Centres and Maria de Maeztu Units Alliance (SOMMa) gathers research centres and units that received the Spanish Severo Ochoa and María de Maeztu excellence awards respectively. Thanks to the support of the Spanish State Secretariat for Research, Development and Innovation, these centres and units have joined efforts to promote, strengthen and maximise at the national and international level both the value of science of excellence produced by research centres and units, as well as its economic and social impact.

Other research activities

Barcelona GSE Lecture Series

Organized with support from Banc Sabadell, the Barcelona GSE Lecture Series brings some of the world’s top scholars in economics to Barcelona to share their research with the School community.

In 2017-18, the lecture was delivered by Barcelona GSE Scientific Council member Hélène Rey (London Business School) on “The International Monetary System and the Role of the United States.”

Supported by:

ADEMU Horizon 2020 European Project

The three-year Horizon 2020 project ‘A Dynamic Economic and Monetary Union’ (ADEMU) led by the Chairman of the Barcelona GSE, Ramon Marimon, finished at the end of this academic year.

The project ran from 2015-18 with the objective of reassessing the overall fiscal and monetary framework of the European Union.

Collaborating institutions:
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Catholic University of Portugal
Charles University in Prague
European University Institute
Toulouse School of Economics
University College London
University of Bonn
University of Cambridge

Seven Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors were part of the ADEMU research team and they have contributed numerous working papers, video interviews, workshops at the Summer Forum as well as conference participation, and organization.

ADEMU Project Findings and Proposals

Barcelona GSE Data Science Center receives research grants from major firms

In Spring 2018, researchers at the Barcelona GSE Data Science Center were awarded multi-year research grants by BBVA Foundation and by Google. Obtaining competitive funding from these major private organizations makes it possible for the Data Science Center to continue producing frontier research and contribute to the international debate on topics in Data Science.

Researchers from around the world attend major conferences hosted by Barcelona GSE


European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society (EWMES)


Symposium of the Spanish Economic Association (SAEe)


BAYESCOMP 2018 – International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA)

MIT digital economy expert Seth Benzell to share insights with the Barcelona GSE community

Co-organized with:

Science by Women: Elizabeth Kaase-Bwanga, Barcelona GSE visiting researcher

In co-operation with:

Barcelona GSE Research Professors

The Barcelona GSE Research Endowment was established with the aim to attract and retain top academic talent at the School’s academic units. Research Endowment revenues are dedicated exclusively to supporting the joint appointment of Barcelona GSE Research Professors with the academic units.

New Barcelona GSE Research Professor

David Pérez-Castrillo

(UAB and Barcelona GSE)

There are now


Barcelona GSE Research Professors


Associate Research Professors

New Associate Research Professors 2017-18

Larbi Alaoui

(UPF and Barcelona GSE)

Christian Brownlees

(UPF and Barcelona GSE)

Andrea Polo

(UPF and Barcelona GSE)