Top 100 QS Ranking for Economics & Econometrics

The Barcelona GSE maintained its ranking in the Top 100 institutions worldwide for Economics and Econometrics. The ranking is based on institutional reputation and research impact in the 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 23 countries

Filippo Ippolito

Program Director

Xavier Freixas

Steering Commitee

José-Luis Peydró

Steering Commitee


students from 17 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

Scientific Director


students from 18 countries

Hugo Rodríguez- Mendizábal

Program Director

Albert Marcet

Scientific Director


students from 12 countries

Master Degree in Data Science

Data Science Program

Omiros Papaspiliopoulos

Program Director

David Rossell

Program Director

Christian Fons-Rosen

Steering Committee


students from 7 countries

Joan Verdú

Joan Verdú

Steering Committee

Piotr Zwiernik

Piotr Zwiernik

Steering Committee

Gábor Lugosi

Steering Committee

Master’s class profile


Intake of students




Years old (average age)

Academic Background

Countries of Origin of Master’s Students 2020-21

Most represented countries:
Spain (31), Italy (20), Germany (20), China (13), United Kingdom (13), United States (8)

Class of 2020 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

Professional Placements by Industry

90% of the Class of 2020 reported obtaining a job or entering a postgraduate program within 6 months of completing the Barcelona GSE Master’s

Examples of 2020 Professional Placements


  • ODI, Fellow Scheme, Banjul, The Gambia


  • CoinFi, Data Scientist, Hong Kong, China
  • Cognizant, Financial Planning & Analytics, Chennai, India
  • Evidence for Policy Design Harvard, Research Associate, Delhi, India
  • International Initiative for Impact Evaluation (3ie), Consultant, Delhi, India
  • World Food Programme, Programme Officer, Colombo, Sri Lanka


  • Accenture, Data Analyst, Munich, Germany
  • Bloomberg, Data Analyst/Researcher, London, United Kingdom
  • Competition Market Authority, Assistant Economist, London, United Kingdom
  • Compass Lexecon, Analyst, Paris, France
  • Deloitte, Consultant, Barcelona, Spain
  • European Commission (EC), Traineeship, Brussels, Belgium
  • CA. Economics, Economist, Berlin, Germany
  • PwC, Graduate Programme, Madrid, Spain

North America

  • Arizona State University, PhD Student, Tempe, AZ, United States
  • Global Economics Group, Consulting Project Manager, Mexico city, Mexico
  • Inter-American Development Bank, Research Fellow, Washington DC, United States
  • Mexican Competition Authority (COFECE), Deputy Director of Technical Analysis, Mexico city, Mexico
  • Princeton University, Research Specialist, New Jersey, United States
  • The US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economist, Washington DC, United States
  • The World Bank, Consultant, Washington, USA


  • Reserve Bank of Australia, Senior Analyst, Sydney, Australia

South America

  • Central Bank of Argentina, Economist at monetary analysis division, Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Central Reserve Bank of Peru, Senior Analyst at Financial Research Department, Lima, Peru
  • Instiglio, Associate, Bogota, Colombia
  • JPAL, Policy and Research Analyst, Lima, Peru
  • Ministry of Economic and Finance, Economist, Lima, Peru
  • United Nations (UN), Consultant, Montevideo, Uruguay

Examples of 2020 PhD Placements

21 students chose to enter the PhD program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (GPEFM, jointly organized with Barcelona GSE)

39 recruiting events and career development sessions for Master’s students

Recruitment talks 2020-21

  • Banco de España
  • BBVA Research
  • Bloomberg
  • CaixaBank Research
  • Competition Markets Authority (CMA)
  • European Bank for Reconstruction & Development (EBRD)
  • European Central Bank (ECB)
  • European Investment Bank (EIB)
  • European Stability Mechanism (ESM)
  • International Monetary Fund (IMF)
  • JPAL / IPA
  • KKS Advisors
  • Lisbon Council
  • Nestlé
  • ODI
  • Societe Generale
  • The World Bank

Career development sessions 2020-21

A total of 21 sessions on topics such as:

  • Market insights tailored for each Master’s program (7 sessions)
  • PhD info sessions
  • Networking and online etiquette
  • Communication skills
  • Cover letter writing
  • Economic case interview training
  • Impact of Covid-19 on your job search
  • Interview training
  • JobSearch Strategy
  • Info session on professional courses for career development
  • Training for online interviews
  • Women in Economics

One of the main topics of the event was the repercussion of the Covid-19 pandemic in the job search within the international organizations sector. Students got an overview of the current job market from the experiences of different recruiters.

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 2020

  • Banca d’Italia
  • Dartmouth College
  • Deloitte
  • École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne
  • ESADE Business School
  • Federal Reserve Board
  • Norges Bank
  • Université Paris Dauphine-PSL
  • Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Hamburg
  • University of Oxford
  • University of Shanghai
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Master Program Scholarship Sponsors 2020-21

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.

36% of students across all of the master programs received some type of funding in 2020-21.

Continuing Education

Online Summer School connects students in 53 countries with BSE experts

The 2021 edition of the Summer Schools was held in a virtual format  from June 28 through July 16 to ensure a productive, safe learning environment for students and instructors during the ongoing pandemic situation. It connected 375 participants from 53 countries.

Professional Courses

Data Science Winter School

Joan Verdú, Head of Consulting and Knowledge Transfer of the Barcelona GSE Data Science Center


participants from 19 countries

The third edition of the Data Science Winter School organized by the BSE Data Science Center was held this February in an online format. The 20-hour course provided basic training in data analysis and machine learning with Python and R to 50 professionals and academics from around the world.

Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis

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


participants from 27 countries

The Barcelona GSE delivered an intensive online course in Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis from May 24-28. This was the first time the course was delivered in an online format, due to the pandemic, and it allowed 107 participants from around the world to attend safely.