Seed Grants

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants support the scientific development of our researchers, in particular the junior researchers among the Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors.

Seed Grants finance specific activities, such as hiring a research assistant, obtaining a data set or running an experiment, that will lead to the initiation or completion of a specific project. Proposals that lay the foundation for future grant applications from other sources are particularly welcomed.

To date, 79 Seed Grants have been awarded. The most recent grants are listed below.


Barcelona GSE Seed Grants 2018

Researcher Barcelona GSE Unit Project Title
Elisa Alòs UPF Asymptotic Analysis in Rough Volatility Models
Vladimir Asriyan CREI Collateral Booms and Information Depletion
Isaac Baley UPF Aggregate Dynamics in Lumpy Economies
Gert Cornelissen UPF Objectification: Unforeseen Effects of the “Thumb Culture”?
Jésica de Armas UPF Logistics Optimization for the Home Health and Social Care Services
Javier Fernández Blanco UAB 1. Job Automation, Domestic Migration and Occupational Mobility
2. Frictions in International Trade and Housing and Labor Markets
André Gröger UAB Digital Trace Data for Measurement and Prediction of Migration, Production and Trade Networks
Gianmarco León UPF Vertical Pay Differentials on Worker Productivity: Evidence from the health worker program in Sierra Leone
Antonio Miralles UAB Optimal Auctions Under Behavioral Traits
Daniel Navarro-Martínez UPF Bridging the Gap Between the Lab and the Field: The Case of the Dictator Game
Victoria Vanasco CREI 1. Strategic Complexity
2. Market Opacity, Liquidity, and Quality
3. Aggregate Liquidity Cycles
Piotr Zwiernik UPF Gaussian Graphical Models, Total Positivity, and Bayesian Testing

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants 2017

Researcher Barcelona GSE Unit Project Title
Elisa Alòs UPF Robust Semiparametric Pricing and Hedging Methods for Path-dependent Contingent Claims
Albert Banal-Estañol UPF Who Partners with Whom in the UK Startup Ecosystem?
Christopher Busch UAB Income Dynamics Over the Life Cycle and Assortative Mating and Insurance Against Income Risk
Gert Cornelissen UPF Recipes for Success: They taste good, but are they healthy?
Miguel Espinosa UPF Specialization in the Knowledge Economy
Alexander Frug UPF Training with Strategic Feedback
Albrecht Glitz UPF Why Spy?
André Gröger UAB The Formation of Migrant Networks, Behavioral Biases and Remittance Decision-Making
Joachim Jungherr IAE-CSIC The Long-term Debt Accelerator
Antonio Miralles UAB Pseudomarkets and Outside Options in School Choice
Maria Petrova UPF Corporal Punishment in Schools, Pro-social Behavior, and Populist Support
Amedeo Piolatto UAB Strategic Voting, Transfers and Bailouts in a Federation
Luis Rojas UAB A Database of Investment and Innovation at the Firm Level

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants 2016

Researcher Barcelona GSE Unit Project Title
Larbi Alaoui UPF Limited Reasoning, Internal Conflict and Endogenous Discounting
Ruben Durante UPF Independence and Quality of Mass Media in the Internet Age
Mircea Epure UPF Organizations and Culture: Governance Models and Performance Differences in Crisis
Javier Fernández-Blanco UAB Labor Markets and International Trade
Angela Fiedler UAB Biased Expectations and Skill Mismatch: An Experimental Study
Christian Fons-Rosen UPF Developing and Applying a Platform Tool for the Economics of Science
Luca Fornaro CREI Aggregate Demand Externalities in a Global Liquidity Trap
Manuel García-Santana UPF Public Sector Projects, Finance, and Aggregate Productivity: Evidence from Matched Bank-Firm-Procurement Data
Gianmarco León UPF Understanding the Teacher’s Labor Market
Joan Llull UAB The Labor Market Consequences of Selective Immigration Policies
Christian Michel UPF Assessing the Impact of Organizational and Financial Structure on Industry Behavior
Pau Milán  UAB Investigating Constraints on Informal Risk-sharing Theoretically and Empirically
Hannes Mueller IAE-CSIC Quantifying Diplomatic Action
Dávid Krisztián Nagy CREI Growth and Trade in a World of Cities
Luigi Pascali UPF Sentiment Analysis, Based on Book Titles and Book Content
Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis UAB Social Insurance Barriers to Structural Transformation
Edouard Schaal CREI Optimal Transport Networks in Spatial Equilibrium

The Seed Grants are one of the Barcelona GSE research initiatives supported by the Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Program (CEX2019-000915-S) through Spain's State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación - AEI). 

The Barcelona GSE has been accredited as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence in all three editions of the program (2012-15, 2016-19, and 2020-23).