Director

Teresa Garcia-Milà (PhD, University of Minnesota, 1987) has been Director of the Barcelona GSE since 2012. She is an economist specializing in Macroeconomics, Public Economics, and Regional Economics. Her research has been published in The Economic Journal, The Review of Economics and Statistics, and Regional Science and Urban Economics, among others. She also has successful experience in higher education management and the private sector.

Over the years, Prof. Garcia-Milà has held academic management positions at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). She has chaired the Department of Economics and Business (2011-12), was Vice-rector of Scientific Policy (2009-11), and was Dean of Undergraduate Studies in Economics (1995-2000). She has also been a Member of the Barcelona GSE Academic Programs Committee since 2008.

As a scholar, Prof. Garcia-Milà is Professor at UPF, an institution she joined in 1990, and also Associate Researcher of the Center for Research in International Economics (CREI). She has been Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor since the School’s foundation. Earlier in her academic career, she was Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Associate Researcher at the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE), and previously Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University - The State University of New York (SUNY). She has served as President of the Spanish Economic Association (2014).

Professor Garcia-Milà also has leadership experience in the private sector, where she served on the boards of Banc Sabadell, Enagas, and Vueling. Currently, she is a member of the board of Repsol and the executive committee of Barcelona Global. 

In the public sector, Professor Garcia-Milà was a member of the advisory board of AIRef, the Independent Authority for Fiscal Responsibility in Spain. She currently serves on the advisory team for Spain's Minister for Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño.

Professor Garcia-Milà is a former President of the Spanish Economic Association. She was also a member of the board of directors and the first woman to serve as Vice President of the Cercle d'Economia, a civic association that seeks to improve the quality of public debate through the publication of independent opinion on the main challenges that determine economic, social and political progress.

Recognition for Professor Garcia-Milà's contributions as an educator, an economist, and a scientist include the Narcís Monturiol Medal (2019), awarded by the Generalitat de Catalunya, and the Col·legi d'Economistes de Catalunya's Member of Merit distinction (2016).

Selected research