Barcelona GSE is now included in QS Rankings for Economics & Econometrics

The Barcelona GSE debuts in the Top 100 institutions worldwide, based on institutional reputation and research impact in this subject area.

Master’s Degrees

Master Degree in Economics and Finance

Economics Program

Marta Reynal-Querol

Program Director

Eulàlia Nualart

Eulàlia Nualart

Deputy Director


students from 31 countries

Filippo Ippolito

Program Director

Xavier Freixas

Steering Commitee

José-Luis Peydró

Steering Commitee


students from 21 countries

Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Competition and Market Regulation Program

Rosa Ferrer

Program Director

Juan José Ganuza

Steering Committee

Massimo Motta

Steering Commitee


students from 10 countries

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

Program Director


students from 10 countries

Jaume Ventura

Program Director

Fernando Broner

Steering Committee

Antonio Ciccone

Steering Committee


students from 23 countries

Hugo Rodríguez- Mendizábal

Program Director

Albert Marcet

Scientific Director


students from 12 countries

Master Degree in Data Science

Data Science Program

Christian Fons-Rosen

Program Director

Omiros Papaspiliopoulos

Scientific Director


students from 17 countries

Master’s class profile


Intake of students




Years old (average age)


Academic Background

Academic Background

Countries of Origin of Master’s Students 2018-19

Countries of Origin of Master’s Students 2018-19
Most represented countries:
Spain (35), Italy (21), United States (20), Peru (14), Germany (13), United Kingdom (12)

Class of 2018 Career Placement

The annual report includes results for the previous academic year’s cohort, six months after their graduation.

Distribution of Professional and Academic Placements

Distribution of Professional and Academic Placements

Professional Placements by Industry

Professional Placements by Industry

Doctoral Study

Doctoral Study

Distribution of Academic and Professional Placements by Program

Distribution of Academic and Professional Placements by Program
94% of the Class of 2018 reported obtaining a job or entering a postgraduate program within 6 months of completing the Barcelona GSE Master’s

Examples of 2018 Professional Placements

Africa, Asia, Oceania

Armenian State Revenue Committee
Central Bank of the Russian Federation
Grab Taxi
Harvard’s DRC research office
Indian-Political Action Committee (I-PAC)
Indian School of Business
Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
Iraq Oil Report
Japanese Embassy in Tbilisi
Own Company
Russian Foreign Trade Academy
RXP Services Limited
United Nations
United Nations Capital Development Fund

Central and South America

Banco BCP
Central Reserve Bank of Peru
Economic and Finance Ministery
Federal Telecommunications Institute
GPR Economía S.A
Inteligencia Económica
Innovation Lab of the Ministry of Education in Perú
Macroconsult S.A.
Presidencia del Consejo de Ministros del Gobierno del Perú (Presidency of the Council of Ministers of Peru)


Banca d’Italia
Bank of England
Caixa Bank
Compass Lexecon
European Central Bank
European Commission
Kvika Banki
Ministry of Finance od the Slovak Republic
Valdani, Vicari & Associati

North America

BC Children’s Foundation
International Baccalaureate
J.B. Hunt
Legal Services Corporation
Mexican Central Bank
National Bank Investments Inc.
Princeton University
Rutgers University
Talent Beyond Boundaries
TD Securities
The University of Virginia Nudge4 Solutions Lab
World Bank

Examples of 2018 PhD Placements


Athens University of Economics and Business
Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Cass Business School
Copenhagen Business School
European University Institute
LMU Munich
Queen Mary University of London
Tilburg University
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
University of Barcelona
Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF)
University of Trento
University of York

North America

Boston University
Brown University

69 career recruiting events for Master’s students

Recruitment talks 2018-19

Banc Sabadell Credit Modelling
Banc Sabadell Research
Banco de España
BBVA Research
Bluecap Management Consulting
Charles Rivers Associate (CRA)
Compass Lexecon
Copenhagen Economics
Credit Suisse
E.CA Economics
EU Institutions (European Commission and European Parliament) Factset
Frontier Economics
Kernel Analytics
Lisbon Council
McKinsey Analytics
Nera Economics
Open evidence
Oxford Economics
PwC Data & Analytics
PwC Economics
RBB Economics
S&P Global
Saint Gallen Symposium
Schibsted Media
SIRIS Academic
Social Point
Societe Generale
Telefonica Research
The Analysis Group
The Brattle Group
World Bank

Career Seminars 2018-19

Careers in European Institutions
Careers in Investment Banking
Careers in International Organizations
Careers in Think Tanks
Communications skills
Cover letter
CV workshop
Interview preparation
Job search
Market Insights for Economics
Market Insights for Finance
Market Insights for Competition and Market Regulation
Market Insights for Economics of Public Policy
Market Insights for International Trade, Finance, and Development
Market Insights for Macroeconomics Policy and Financial Markets
Market Insights for Data Science
Networking skills
PhD Information session

Doctoral Programs

Graduate education at the Barcelona GSE rests upon the foundations of two renowned international doctoral programs: GPEFM at UPF and IDEA at UAB.

Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM)

International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA)

Doctoral Program Graduate Placements 2019

Bank of England
Bank of Italy
Bank of Lithuania
École Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France (post-doc)
Higher School of Economics, Russia
Institute for Employment Research (IAB), Germany
Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, China
Toulouse School of Economics, France
University of Bologna, Italy
University of Liverpool, UK
University of Namur, Belgium
University of Nottingham, UK
University of Warwick, UK
Uppsala University, Sweden

6th Barcelona GSE PhD Jamboree

The Barcelona GSE PhD Jamboree is an opportunity for students in both PhD programs in the Barcelona GSE community to show off their research, exchange ideas, and receive feedback on work in progress. The Jamboree is organized and led by GPEFM and IDEA students.

Invited alumni speakers

Antonio Mele (GPEFM ’09)
University of Surrey
«On the Perils of Stabilizing Prices when Agents are Learning.»

Christopher Rauh (IDEA ’14)
University of Montreal
«Socio-Economic Gaps in University Enrollment: The Role of Perceived Pecuniary and Non-Pecuniary Returns»

Jamboree Organizers 2019

Adrian Ifrim (UAB and Barcelona GSE)
Karolis Liaudinskas (UPF and Barcelona GSE)
Marta Morazzoni (UPF and Barcelona GSE)
Ruben Pérez Sanz (UAB and Barcelona GSE)

Highlights from this year’s Jamboree

The Jamboree receives support from the Severo Ochoa Program.

Severo Ochoa Program

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Master Program Scholarship Sponsors 2018-19

The support of prestigious companies and institutions enables the Barcelona GSE to offer tuition waivers based on academic merit to outstanding students applying to any of its master programs.
Thanks to these sponsorship agreements, students received either full- or partial-tuition scholarship awards.

38% of students across all of the master programs received some type of funding in 2018-19.

Some students receiving financial aid were selected to receive scholarships from competitive programs created by Barcelona GSE sponsors:

Continuing Education

Summer Schools

Banking Summer School

Xavier Freixas (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

José-Luis Peydró (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

CREI Macroeconomics Summer School

Alberto Martin (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Data Science Summer School

Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Development Economics Summer School

Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis (MOVE, UAB and Barcelona GSE), Director

Digital Economy Summer School

Juan-José Ganuza (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Finance Summer School

Filippo Ippolito (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Labor Economics Summer School

Maia Güell (University of Edinburgh), Director

Macroeconometrics Summer School

Luca Gambetti (UAB and Barcelona GSE), Director

Microeconometrics Summer School

Sergi Jiménez-Martín (UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director


participants from 79 countries

Summer Schools

13th annual Barcelona GSE Summer School

Professional Courses

Competitive Effects of Mergers

Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Data Science Winter School

Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director

Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis

Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), Director
Frank Verboven (University of Leuven), Director


participants from 32 countries

Professional Courses

“The course was very rigorous and covered targeted material and Python programs that may act as a springboard for more reading and learning on the topic…[it] highlighted to potential Data Scientists that one needs rigorous theoretical understanding of the behavioral models, as opposed to simply programming some lines of code.”

Konstantinos Pouliakas
Expert on Skills and Labour Markets
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP)
Data Science Winter School 2019