Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE)
Barcelona GSE
TypeUniversity Research Institute
Established2006 (2006)
ChairmanRamon Marimon
DirectorTeresa Garcia-Milà
FounderAndreu Mas-Colell
LocationBarcelona, Catalonia, Spain
41°23′24.32″N 2°11′27.35″E / 41.3900889°N 2.1909306°E / 41.3900889; 2.1909306

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, commonly referred to as Barcelona GSE, is an independent institution of research and graduate education located in Barcelona, Spain. The School offers a variety of Master's degrees in Economics, Finance, and Data Science. It has been ranked by RePEc among the top Economics Departments in the world.[1]


The Barcelona GSE was founded in 2006 as a joint venture of four academic institutions (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, IAE-CSIC and CREI). The School is supported by private and public institutions.[2]

The School was legally recognized by the Government of Catalonia in October 2006 as a foundation dedicated to higher education.

Academic Units[edit]

  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) — Department of Economics and Business
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) — Unit of Economic Analysis (UAB)
  • Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC)
  • Centre for Research in International Economics (CREI)

Scientific Council[edit]

The Barcelona GSE's Scientific Council works with faculty and administrators to ensure the quality of teaching, research, and admissions procedures. It is chaired by Prof. Hugo Sonnenschein, President Emeritus of the University of Chicago. The Council is made up of leading academics, including several Nobel Laureates in Economics.

Members of the Scientific Council


One of the Barcelona GSE's main objectives is to make Barcelona a worldwide primary reference in economic research.

Research Rankings[edit]

The GSE community constitutes one of the leading clusters of economics research in Europe. Three studies in the Journal of the European Economic Association placed it near the top of its rankings. According to P. Kalaitzidakis, T.P. Mamuneas, and T. Stengos “Ranking of Academic Journals and Institutions in Economics” (May 2002), it should be ranked 2nd, when their top 30 journals are taken into account (period 1995-1999). In another study by M. Lubrano, L. Bauwens, A. Kirman and C. Protopopescu, “Ranking Economics Departments in Europe: A Statistical Approach” (May 2003), the GSE community should be ranked #3 when their top journal list is considered (period 1991-2000). And according to J. Drèze and F. Estevan “Research and Higher Education in Economics: Can We Deliver The Lisbon Objectives?” (May 2007) the Barcelona GSE’s total research output would rank between second and third in Europe.[3]

The Barcelona GSE has been ranked by RePEc among the top 35 Economic Research Institutions[1] and the top 20 Economics Departments in the world,[4] the top 10 in Europe and as the best in Spain.[5]

Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Accreditation[edit]

In 2011, the School was distinguished as one of only eight top research institutions of excellence with an international impact in the framework of the Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Program, which promotes frontier research and distinguish those institutions that are defining the global scientific debate. In 2016, it became the only center focused on Economics and the Social Sciences to receive a second Severo Ochoa distinction.[6]

Research Areas[edit]

Research Activities[edit]

The main research activities organized by the Barcelona GSE include:


Affiliated Professors[edit]

The Barcelona GSE derives its core strength from the faculty of its four academic institutions, which employ over one hundred renowned scholars, some of whom are also Affiliated Professors at the Barcelona GSE.

Among the Affiliated Professors there are Fellows of the Econometric Society, Fellows of the European Economic Association, Research Fellows of the Centre for Economic Policy and Research (CEPR), and Research Fellows of the CESifo. They publish in the leading journals of Economics and many of the journals of the different subfields of the discipline. They also serve as coeditors and associate editors of these journals.

At present there are some 150 affiliated professors, including:

  • José Apesteguia
  • Jordi Brandts
  • Fernando Broner
  • Antonio Ciccone
  • Giacomo De Giorgi
  • Julian di Giovanni
  • Joan-María Esteban
  • Xavier Freixas
  • Jordi Galí
  • José García-Montalvo
  • Nezih Guner
  • Gábor Lugosi
  • Albert Marcet
  • Alberto Martín
  • Massimo Motta
  • Rosemarie Nagel
  • José-Luis Peydró
  • Marta Reynal-Querol
  • Barbara Rossi
  • Albert Satorra
  • Jaume Ventura

Guest Professors[edit]

Some of the scholars and professionals who have taught at the Barcelona GSE as Guest Professors include:

Master Programs[edit]

The Barcelona GSE offers master programs leading to three different master degrees:

Master Degree in Economics and Finance

Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Master Degree in Data Science

Ph.D. Programs[edit]

The Barcelona GSE offers two Ph.D. programs in Economics,[7] one at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and one at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

Summer School and Continuing Education[edit]

The Barcelona GSE's academic offer includes a menu of short summer school programs and professional courses that is updated each year. Recently these have included topics in banking, competition economics, corporate finance, data science, econometrics, labor economics, macroeconomics, political economy, and systemic risk.


The Barcelona GSE has two campuses: the Ciutadella campus (UPF) and the Bellaterra campus (UAB).


  1. ^ a b "Economic Institution Rankings at IDEAS". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  2. ^ "Barcelona GSE Board of Trustees". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  3. ^ "Research and Higher Education in Economics: Can We Deliver The Lisbon Objectives?". Journal of the European Economic Association. 5: 271–304. doi:10.1162/jeea.2007.5.2-3.271. Retrieved 2013-11-20.
  4. ^ "Rankings at IDEAS: Economics Departments". Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  5. ^ "Rankings at IDEAS: Europe". Retrieved 2014-04-22.
  6. ^ "Barcelona GSE awarded second Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Distinction for 2016-2019". Retrieved 2016-10-18.
  7. ^ "PhD Programs". Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. 2015-09-04. Retrieved 2018-07-24.

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