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 216 institutions


papers presented (selected from 1,538 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

The Calvó Prize is 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.

Prize supporters:

The next recipient of the Calvó Prize will be selected in Fall 2019. The award ceremony and Prize activities will be held in Spring 2020.

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:

“la Caixa” Foundation Research Grants on Socioeconomic Well-being

«la Caixa» Foundation continued its support for ground-breaking research at the Barcelona GSE by supporting the second annual call for these competitive grants for Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors. Once again, 5 projects were awarded grants for their ground-breaking methodologies and direct implications for socioeconomic well-being.

“Economic Fluctuations, Heterogeneity and Macroeconomic Policies”
Davide Debortoli (UPF and Barcelona GSE)

“Inequality, Political Instability and Long-Term Development”
Joan-Maria Esteban (IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE) and Laura Mayoral (IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE)

“The Economic and Political Effects of Espionage”
Albrecht Glitz (UPF and Barcelona GSE)

“Social Insurance and Economic Growth”
Pau Milan (UAB, MOVE and Barcelona GSE) and Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis (UAB, MOVE and Barcelona GSE)

“Coordinating against the Mafia: Experimental Evidence from an anti-Racket Policy in Sicily”
Luigi Pascali (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 2018 call.

Seed Grants Program

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

A total of 42 projects have been awarded Seed Grants in the first three calls, and four of these later developed into ERC Grants


Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors were awarded Seed Grants in 2018-19.

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 2018-19, there were 21 new articles published on the Focus.

The site has 1,100 email subscribers and receives visits from 145 countries (80% from outside Spain).

Barcelona GSE is a member of the SOMMa Research Alliance, which safeguards 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.”

Barcelona GSE Lectures 2018-19

Philippe Aghion (College de France and London School of Economics)
“Rethinking Growth: The Schumpeterian Perspective”

Martin Eichenbaum (Northwestern University)
“Rethinking Fiscal Policy in an Era of Low Interest Rates”

Supported by:

Science by Women

Several initiatives this year aimed to recognize and reinforce the contributions made by women in the Barcelona GSE research community.

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.

Two Research Professors and one Associate Research Professor were appointed in 2018-19:

New Barcelona GSE Research Professors 2018-19

Flip Klijn

Flip Klijn

(IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE) PhD, Tilburg University

Inés Macho-Stadler

Inés Macho-Stadler

(UAB and Barcelona GSE) PhD, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales

There are now


Barcelona GSE Research Professors


Associate Research Professors

New Barcelona GSE Associate Research Professor 2018-19

Hannes Mueller

Hannes Mueller

(IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE) PhD, London School of Economics