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Research Rankings and Impact

RePEc rankings

In August 2022, Research Papers in Economics (RePEc) ranked Barcelona School of Economics:

#1 Economic Institution in Spain

#3 Economics Departments in Europe

#11 Economics Departments in the World



working papers added in 2021-22


researchers with H-index 10


researchers with H-index 6

Impact Factor


publications in international economic journals of high impact during the 2021-22 academic year


total number of publications in top 5 journals 2021-22

A Severo Ochoa Center of Research Excellence

The Severo Ochoa Excellence Program recognizes those institutions that are defining the global scientific debate. It is sponsored by Spain’s State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación – AEI).

As a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence, Barcelona School of Economics is proud to be part of the SOMM Alliance, which works to promote excellence in Spanish research and to enhance its social impact at national and international levels.

Research initiatives that received Severo Ochoa Program support in 2021-22

BSE Summer Forum

The BSE 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.

BSE Summer Forum 2022 by the numbers:

  • Over 700 academics and researchers from 194 institutions
  • 421 papers presented (selected from 1,659 total papers submitted to the open call)
  • 32 workshops over 14 days

Summer Forum Organizers

  • Inés Macho-Stadler (UAB and Barcelona School of Economics)
  • Jaume Ventura (CREI, UPF and Barcelona School of Economics)

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:

In November 2021, Benjamin Golub (Northwestern University) received the 6th Calvó-Armengol Prize for his deep, foundational, and timely work on how the structure of people’s social connections determines their opinions and behaviors.

The award ceremony for Professor Golub took place in Andorra, and he delivered the Calvó-Armengol Prize Lecture in Barcelona on the topic, “Complexity, Fragility, and Policy in Economic Networks.”

The next recipient of the Calvó-Armengol Prize will be Stefanie Stantcheva (Harvard University). Prize activities for Professor Stantcheva will take place during the 2022-23 academic year.

IDESCAT-Barcelona School of Economics Socioeconomic Dataset Project

The Barcelona School of Economics 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:

The Barcelona School of Economics 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 Affiliated Professors who have published research papers in a list of international economic journals of high impact within the last three years.


Affiliated Professors were recognized in the 2021 call.

Among the 143 publications recognized in this call are 12 articles in the “top five” journals: American Economic Review (1 article), Econometrica (1), Journal of Political Economy (2), and Review of Economic Studies (8).

Seed Grants

The Seed Grants program aims to fill a gap in the availability of funding that researchers often face at the beginning of their careers. They also fund researchers at more advanced stages of their careers who require special data or research assistance support.

By addressing both of these needs, the Seed Grants strengthen our capability to both attract and retain Affiliated Professors conducting applied research.

Seed Grant funding was awarded to 14 Affiliated Professors in the 2022 call.


Economics «Trobada»

The Economics “Trobada” is an annual gathering of Barcelona School of Economics 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.

The three new Affiliated Professors presented their research to their new BSE colleagues during the Trobada. The event was also an opportunity to meet Mar Reguant (Northwestern and BSE), who joins the community this year as Barcelona School of Economics Research Fellow. A specialist on Energy Economics, Reguant was one of four participants in the Trobada’s closing roundtable, “What is happening in the electricity market?”

PhD Jamboree

The Jamboree is organized by students in the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM) at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA) at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). Both PhD programs are organized jointly with the Barcelona School of Economics.

The event provides an opportunity for these future academics to practice presenting their work to their peers.

9th Barcelona School of Economics PhD Jamboree

BSE Focus

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

In 2021-22, there were 19 new articles published on the Focus.

The site has over 1,165 email subscribers and receives visits from more than 130 countries. This academic year, 90% of readers came from outside Spain.

(19 articles, over 1,167 subscribers, 8,741 views from 148 countries)

BSE Focus – Research insights from the Barcelona School of Economics

Other research activities

Research Professors

One new BSE Research Professor was appointed in 2021-22

Davide Debortoli



Research Professors


Associate Research Professors

Barcelona School of Economics Lecture Series

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

Supported by:

Barcelona School of Economics Annual Report 2021-2022. Connecting the evolving world of higher education with research