From thought-provoking roundtables addressing global issues to distinguished speaker seminars, the Barcelona GSE plays host to a variety of research events.
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Barcelona GSE Summer Forum 2014
From policy to evidence (and back): education and immigration (Roundtable Highlights)
Participants: George Borjas (Harvard Kennedy School), Caterina Calsamiglia (UAB and Barcelona GSE) and Victory Lavy (University of Warwick and Hebrew University of Jerusalem). Chair: Nezih Guner (ICREA-MOVE, UAB and Barcelona GSE)
Calvó Prize winner Raj Chetty - The Value-Added of Neighborhoods: Neighborhood Effects in Social Mobility
2014 Calvó-Armengol Prize Lecture Highlights
Professor Raj Chetty (Harvard University) delivered the Calvó Prize Lecture on May 21 at La Pedrera. In the lecture, he took the audience through the methodology and results of his work on neighborhoods and their impact on social mobility.
"The main lesson from this work is that intergenerational mobility is shaped by environment, and may therefore be manipulable by policy," Prof. Chetty explained.
Incentives and Behavior Change - Uri Gneezy - Barcelona GSE Lecture
The 29th Barcelona GSE Lecture, "Incentives and Behavior Change" was delivered at Banc Sabadell Auditorium on April 1, 2014 by Prof. Uri Gneezy (Rady School of Management, University of California San Diego).
Chong-En Bai, Robert Lucas, and Edward Prescott: "The Wealth of Nations in the 21st Century"
Chong-En Bai, Robert E. Lucas, Jr., and Edward C. Prescott (members of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council) participated in a special roundtable on "The Wealth of Nations in the 21st Century," co-organized with FemCat Foundation, on March 21, 2014 at La Pedrera. In cooperation with Fundació Catalunya-La Pedrera and Banc Sabadell.
A new paradigm for monetary policy? - Otmar Issing, Institute for Financial Studies
The Barcelona GSE inaugurated the 2013-14 academic year on September 25 with a lecture on challenges for monetary policy by Otmar Issing, Chairman of the Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt, Germany and one of the architects of the Euro.
International Trade: Firm-Level Perspectives - Elhanan Helpman - Barcelona GSE Lecture (Highlights)
The 27th Barcelona GSE Lecture was delivered at Banc Sabadell Auditorium on May 2, 2013 by Prof. Elhanan Helpman (Harvard University and CIFAR). Professor Helpman explained that tradition approaches to research in international trade emphasized intersectoral trade flows. However, as new firm-level data became available, the possibility of new micro-level insights has emerged. The rapid changes in the world economy have set an equally fast pace for scholars working on this topic.
Jacques Drèze - Fiscal Integration and Growth Stimulation in Europe - Barcelona GSE Lecture (Highlights)
Jacques Drèze, Professor at CORE (Université Catholique de Louvain) and member of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council, presented the 26th Barcelona GSE Lecture at Banc Sabadell Auditorium on March 19, 2013.
In his lecture, "Fiscal Integration and Growth Stimulation in Europe," Prof. Drèze detailed three proposals aimed at completing the economic integration of the European Monetary Union (EMU), which he believes is necessary in order to guarantee the viability of the monetary union.
Joseph Stiglitz - Restoring Growth and Stability in a World of Crisis and Contagion: Lessons from Economic Theory and History - Barcelona GSE Lecture
Nobel laureate in Economics, Professor at Columbia University, and member of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Scientific Council Joseph Stiglitz delivered the 25th Barcelona GSE Lecture on November 5, 2012 at Banc Sabadell Auditorium.
Top researchers from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics academic units participated in a round table debate on the future of the Euro Area at Barcelona GSE Economics "Trobada" X in October 2012. The "Trobada" is a yearly academic gathering of Barcelona GSE affiliated professors and external research fellows.
Participants: Prof. Juan Carlos Conesa (UAB and Barcelona GSE), Prof. Albert Marcet (ICREA-IAE and Barcelona GSE), Prof. José-Luis Peydró (UPF and Barcelona GSE), and Prof. Jaume Ventura (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE).
Table chair: Prof. Alberto Martín (CREI and Barcelona GSE)
European Monetary Union, the euro, and the financial crisis - Joaquín Almunia (European Commission)
The Barcelona GSE officially inaugurated the 2012-13 academic year on Monday, October 22 with a ceremony at Agbar Tower, headquarters of Barcelona GSE board member institution, Agbar Group. The ceremony included a lecture by Joaquín Almunia, Vice President of the European Commission and honorary president of the Barcelona GSE, who spoke on the topic of “The European Monetary Union, the euro and the financial crisis.”
"Racial Inequality in the 21st Century: The Declining Significance of Discrimination " - Roland Fryer (Harvard), winner of the II Calvó-Armengol International Prize
Prof. Fryer is the second winner of the Calvó-Armengol International Prize, established in memory of Prof. Antoni Calvó-Armengol (ICREA-UAB and Barcelona GSE). The Prize is awarded every two years to a top researcher in economics or social sciences younger than 40 years old for his or her contribution to the theory and comprehension of the mechanisms of social interaction.
Kenneth Singleton: Risk Premiums in Sovereign Debt Markets
The XXIV Barcelona GSE Lecture, "Risk premiums in sovereign debt markets," was presented by Prof. Kenneth Singleton (Stanford University) on May 10, 2012 at Banc Sabadell Auditorium in Barcelona.The lecture examined unspanned macroeconomic risks and the effects of financial frictions on risk premiums.
Panelists: Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University) Jacques Drèze (Université Catholique de Louvain) Robert Lucas (University of Chicago, Nobel Laureate) James Mirrlees (University of Cambridge, Nobel Laureate) Edward Prescott (Arizona State University, Nobel Laureate)
Kenneth Arrow: The Economy as an Interactive Information System
The 23rd Barcelona GSE Lecture, "The Economy as an Interactive Information System," was presented by Prof. Kenneth J. Arrow (Stanford University) on March 22, 2012 at Banc Sabadell Auditorium in Barcelona. In his lecture, Prof. Arrow offers observations on the role of information in the creation of economic theories, models and forecasts.
Students, alumni, faculty, and friends of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics gathered at AXA Auditorium on October 13 to inaugurate the fifth edition of the School's master programs. The President of Catalonia, Mr. Artur Mas, presided over the event, which featured a lecture by Chief Economic Advisor to the Indian Ministry of Finance, Prof. Kaushik Basu.
Fiscal policy after the Great Recession - Alberto Alesina (Harvard University)
Barcelona GSE Lecture XXI. Prof. Alberto Alesina (Harvard)
leads the audience through his research findings on the effects
of fiscal adjustments. Analysis of data from 21 OECD countries
that made adjustments between 1970 and today led him to
qualify the conventional wisdom that fiscal adjustments lead to
Regulating systemic risk - Jean Tirole (Toulouse School of Economics)
20th Barcelona GSE Lecture. Prof. Tirole examines the meaning of financial stability and the creation of a policy "toolkit" for macro-prudential supervision in the context of government agency mandates, incentives, and behavior.
Economic Policy Making: 6 Lessons from Recent U.S. Experience - Alan Krueger (Princeton University)
Prof. Alan Krueger (Princeton University) delivers the inaugural lecture for the Barcelona GSE 2010-11 academic year, offering six lessons to GSE master students from his experiences as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy and Chief Economist at the United States Treasury Department. Read a summary of GSE Opening Ceremony 2010-11
GSE Trobada VIII: Roundtable and Research Presentations
The GSE "Trobada" is an academic gathering of Barcelona GSE affiliated professors and external research fellows which provides the opportunity to share new developments and research in progress from across the School's prolific and diverse research community.
Part 1 of this video series includes highlights of the event and the roundtable discussion; parts 2, 3, and 4 are summaries of the research presentations.
"Gender Equality and Development" - Esther Duflo (MIT), winner of the I Calvó-Armengol International Prize
Prof. Duflo is the inaugural winner of the Calvó-Armengol International Prize, established in memory of Prof. Antoni Calvó-Armengol (ICREA-UAB and Barcelona GSE). The Prize is awarded every two years to a top researcher in economics or social sciences younger than 40 years old for his or her contribution to the theory and comprehension of the mechanisms of social interaction.
"Economic Governance in Europe: First Lessons from the Crisis" - André Sapir (ECARES-ULB)
Prof. André Sapir presented his lecture, “Economic Governance in Europe: First Lessons from the Crisis,” at the Barcelona GSE's opening ceremony for the 2009-10 academic year. In the lecture he analyzes both macroeconomic and microeconomic policy assignment at the union and national level, as well as the effects of this policy matrix on Europe’s responses to the economic crisis. Read article
Roundtable "Economists and the Crisis"- Barcelona Economics Trobada VII
Nearly 100 members of the Barcelona Economics community gathered at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans on Friday, October 16 for the seventh edition of the annual Barcelona Economics Trobada. The final session of the day featured a round table discussion about the role of economists before, during, and after the recent financial crisis. Related article
Session chair: Prof. Jordi Galí (CREI and Barcelona GSE)
"Imperfections in the Economics of Public Policy, Imperfections in Markets, and Policy for Climate Change" - Nicholas Stern (London School of Economics)
In the presidential address to the European Economic Association during the 2009 edition of the EEA-ESEM Congress (hosted by the Barcelona GSE), Prof. Nicholas Stern discussed the mistakes and achievements in economics since the end of World War II. He argued that economists have not played a sufficient role in challenging the economic policies for the last 50 years while noting that new developments in economic theory have given us a better understanding of the roots of human action. Prof. Stern explained the necessary steps that must be taken to avoid climate change and stressed the importance of changing human patterns of behavior.
"Overcoming the crisis: Challenges and opportunities" - José Manuel Barroso (President, European Commission) and Antoni Castells (Catalan Minister of Economy & Finance)
European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Catalan Minister of Economy and Finance Antoni Castells addressed the 2009 EEA-ESEM Congress on August 25, 2009 at the Barcelona GSE's Bellaterra campus (UAB). After speaking, President Barroso took questions from the audience (parts 6 & 7 of this series).
"The Great Moderation, the Great Panic, and the Great Contraction" - Charles Bean (Bank of England)
Charles Bean, Deputy Governor of the Bank of England, evaluates the causes for the present financial crisis and illustrated the density of the web of interconnected risk exposures in the British and global financial markets.
"Understanding the Foundations of Institutions: Moral Hazard in High Office" - Roger Myerson (Nobel Laureate 2007)
In August 2009 the Barcelona GSE hosted the annual EEA-ESEM Congress. In his presidential address to the Econometrics Society, Prof. Roger Myerson spoke about moral hazard in high office and the complex relationship between leaders and the officials in charge of managing their interests.
"Fighting Poverty Effectively: Creating Experimentation in Development Economics" - Esther Duflo (MIT)
Esther Duflo, Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at MIT, delivered the 15th Barcelona Economics lecture of the Barcelona GSE Research Network on January 14, 2009, speaking about the importance of advancing field experiments as a methodology to discover causal relationships in economics.
"The Economics and Politics of Trade: Inextricably Linked" - Pascal Lamy, World Trade Organization
On November 17, 2008, students, faculty, researchers, dignitaries and government officials gathered in the Agbar Tower in Barcelona for the opening ceremony of the Barcelona GSE.
The event was marked by an inaugural speech by Pascal Lamy, Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), titled "The Economics and Politics of Trade: Inextricably Linked". In it, he detailed the economic underpinning and political realities of international trade, which he describes as “two sides of the same coin”.
GSE Research Roundtable on "The Current Financial Crisis", featuring Jordi Caballé (UAB), Xavier Freixas (UPF), Albert Marcet (IAE-CSIC), Jordi Galí (CREI, UPF) and José García-Montalvo (UPF)
Members of the Barcelona Economics community gathered at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans on October 24, 2008, for the VI Barcelona Economics Trobada. The day concluded with a roundtable discussion on the Current Financial Crisis, in which participants shared their insights on the current financial crisis.
"A New Look at Some Issues in International Trade: the Effects of an Increase in Factor Endowments" - Hugo Sonnenschein (U Chicago)
On Wednesday, February 27, 2008 Hugo Sonnenschein gave a talk titled "A New Look at Some Issues in International Trade: the Effects of an Increase in Factor Endowments" as part of the 12th Barcelona Economics Lecture Series.
“Globalization and Monetary Policy” - Jean-Claude Trichet (European Central Bank)
Jean-Claude Trichet, President of the European Central Bank, spoke at the Barcelona Economics Lecture on Feb 14, 2008. In his speech he discussed the consequences of globalization forces for price stability, and the implications and challenges for monetary policy.