Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Introduction

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is an institution for scientific cooperation for research and graduate education in economics and the social sciences. It was founded in July 2006 by four academic institutions (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, CSIC and CREI) whose reputations, faculty, and resources underpin the School and its activities. The Barcelona GSE is also supported by six private institutions: The Agbar Group, AXA Reseach Fund, Banc Sabadell, Caixa de Catalunya savings bank, "la Caixa" savings bank, and the FemCAT Foundation, as well as by the Ministry of Economy and Finance of the Catalan Government and the Barcelona City Council. It also receives significant funding from the "Consolider-Ingenio 2010" initiative of the Spanish Government, launched to promote research excellence.

The School is legally a private foundation and has been recognized by the Government of Catalonia as an Interuniversity Research Institute attached to the UPF and to the UAB. The founder and first Chairman was Prof. Andreu Mas-Colell.

The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics’ unique combination of public and private support provides it with deep roots in Barcelona’s academic and business communities and guarantees the future success of its master programs.

Barcelona GSE Mission

The Barcelona GSE is founded on the ideal of relentless pursuit of higher education and research excellence, and it is driven by a world-class faculty of academics in Economics and Finance.

The School aims to offer a wide range of professionally and academically-oriented degrees in economics and finance to graduate students committed to understanding the complex economic and financial processes of an increasingly global society.

In addition to the offer of challenging master programs, the Barcelona GSE promotes excellence in scientific research in close collaboration with its four founding academic bodies. The research activity of the School's Affiliated Professors makes significant contributions to the body of scientific research in Economics and Finance, as the School's faculty includes a number of researchers at the forefront of the European economic research community.

Barcelona GSE Campuses

The GSE's Ciutadella campus at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in central Barcelona is within walking distance of both the beach and the city's financial, cultural, and governmental centers.

The GSE's Bellaterra campus at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is a self-contained location that offers students all of the services they need in their day-to-day lives. It is an easy half-hour train ride from the city center.

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Barcelona Banking Summer School

Campus Part time 5 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Barcelona Banking Summer School offers a variety of courses taught by recognized experts in their fields. Summer courses cover recent developments in different areas of banking, including theoretical and empirical aspects of banking, banking regulation and supervision, financial markets and payments systems. During the courses, the faculty are available to discuss research ideas and projects with the program participants. [+]

Entry requirements Strong background in Economics or related fields Working knowledge of English There is limited space in the Barcelona GSE Summer School Courses. Among the candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, the Barcelona GSE will select those with more outstanding professional and/or academic careers. Experience in financial institutions such as central banks will be valued. [-]

Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School

Campus Part time 5 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

Labor related issues have been studied in the economics profession from a number of different angles. The goal of the Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School is to cover a wide range of topics in labor economics from a variety of perspectives. In particular, this summer school offers courses that will cover recent developments within the macro-labor and micro-labor contexts. In each course, both theoretical and empirical aspects will be covered as well as economic policy. These courses should be of interest to graduate students or academics who want to expand their knowledge in the area and to practitioners interested in understanding the fundamentals of these issues. During the courses, faculty are available to discuss research ideas and projects with the program participants. [+]

Who will benefit from this program? Given the wide range of topics covered in the courses, candidates who would benefit from the labor economics summer school include: - PhD and master students in Economics (or other social sciences) who want to further their knowledge in labor issues, or whose dissertation focuses on the labor market or related topics - Researchers and professionals from public institutions and policy-oriented institutions whose work would benefit from exposure to the latest advances in academic research of the labor market or related topics - Holders of undergraduate degrees in Economics (or other social sciences) who wish to complement their background with a comprehensive overview of the labor market from a variety of perspectives [-]

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Barcelona Competition Economics Summer School

Campus Part time 5 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Competition Economics Summer School is divided into five days in four-hour classes daily, with course content structured in three blocks: Economic Theory Tools for Competition Policy Mergers and Abuse of Dominance Applied Methods for the Economic Analysis of Competition Policy [+]

Course outline Economic Theory Tools for Competition Policy (6 hours) This block will be taught by Juan-José Ganuza (UPF and Barcelona GSE). It will focus on the usefulness of game theory and industrial organization to develop and to understand the models of imperfect competition that are crucial in the modern economic analysis of competition policy. Mergers and Abuse of Dominance (6 hours) This block will be taught by Albert Banal (UPF and Barcelona GSE) and will focus on analyzing the anti-competitive strategies that can be used by incumbent firms to protect their market power (predatory pricing, discounts, etc.). Applied Methods for the Economic Analysis of Competition Policy (8 hours) This block will be taught by Christian Michel (UPF and Barcelona GSE). It will focus on methods and models specifically designed for the analysis of mergers, collusion, as well as horizontal and vertical agreements between companies. [-]

Barcelona Corporate Finance Summer School

Campus Part time 2 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Barcelona Corporate Finance Summer School offers an in-depth analysis of the current state of research in the main areas of empirical and theoretical corporate finance. The objective of the school is to bring students up to date on the current debate in theoretical corporate finance, and to illustrate the best practice for the analysis of empirical issues in corporate finance. [+]

The Barcelona Corporate Finance Summer School offers an in-depth analysis of the current state of research in the main areas of empirical and theoretical corporate finance. The objective of the school is to bring students up to date on the current debate in theoretical corporate finance, and to illustrate the best practice for the analysis of empirical issues in corporate finance. Given the short nature of the course, the focus will be mainly on key concepts rather than on technical details. Who will benefit from this program? The courses are designed for a mix audience of masters and graduate students, and practitioners who want to expand their knowledge in the area of corporate finance. The level of complexity is comparable to that of a PhD. Course schedule The schedule of the Barcelona Corporate Finance Summer School is designed to allow students to participate in all courses offered. However, courses can also be taken individually. Entry requirements Strong background in Economics or related fields Working knowledge of English There is limited space in the Barcelona GSE Summer School Courses. Among the candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, the Barcelona GSE will select those with more outstanding professional and/or academic careers. Admission Process Interested candidates should apply before May 30. After this deadline, your place may not be guaranteed. Capacity of the courses is limited. Some courses may close before May 30 depending on demand. Applications will be evaluated by the program directors and candidates will be informed of their decision. A... [-]

Barcelona CREI Macroeconomics Summer School

Campus Part time 2 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Barcelona CREI Macroeconomics Summer School offers an overview of the current state of research in key areas of macroeconomics. Courses are taught by leading experts in their fields and cover recent developments in different areas of macroeconomics, including: growth, international finance, sovereign risk, asset bubbles, monetary policy and forecasting. [+]

The Barcelona CREI Macroeconomics Summer School offers an overview of the current state of research in key areas of macroeconomics. Courses are taught by leading experts in their fields and cover recent developments in different areas of macroeconomics, including: growth, international finance, sovereign risk, asset bubbles, monetary policy and forecasting. The courses are aimed at graduate students as well as more senior researchers and practitioners who want to brush up their knowledge and get exposure to the latest advances in academic research. During the summer school, faculty are available for discussion of participants' research ideas, as well as lecture content. This Summer School program is jointly organized by the Barcelona GSE and the Center for Research in International Economics (CREI), a research institute sponsored by the Generalitat de Catalunya and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in fulfilment of its aim to promote the dissemination of research in macroeconomics and related areas. Course schedule for 2016 Course list Week 1 (June 27-July 1) The Macroeconomics of Financial Globalization (Instructor: Alberto Martin) 9:00-11:00 Sovereign Debt Crises (Instructor: Fernando Broner) 11:30-13:30 Firms, Networks, and Macroeconomic Fluctuations (Instructor: Julian di Giovanni) 11:30-13:30 Learning in Finance and Macroeconomics (Instructor: Albert Marcet) 14:00-16:00 Government Inefficiency and Reform (Instructor: Giacomo Ponzetto) 14:00-16:00 Week 2 (July 4-8) An Introduction to the New Keynesian Framework and its Monetary Policy Applications (Instructor: Jordi Galí) 9:00-11:00 The Macroeconomics of Credit and Asset Bubbles (Instructor: Jaume Ventura) 11:30-13:30 Economic Growth and Inequality (Instructor: Gino Gancia) 11:30-13:30 Finance, Firm Dynamics and the Business Cycle: Theory... [-]

Barcelona Data Science Summer School

Campus Part time 2 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

The main aim of the Data Science Summer School is to introduce participants to some of the tools and methods of Data Science. [+]

The main aim of the Data Science Summer School is to introduce participants to some of the tools and methods of Data Science. The course will provide: A hands-on training on data warehousing, computing and computational machine learning. A good introduction to Machine Learning for Recommender Systems An introduction to some modern topics in Machine Learning, e.g Deep Learning. Course schedule for 2016 Course outline The Data Science toolbox (8 hours) This will be a hands-on session where a range of tools commonly used in Data Science will be introduced. Introduction to Python for Machine Learning & tools for Data, Pandas, scikit-learn, numpy through case studies Basic SQL (interfaces to R, Python, data extraction etc.) Introduction to R for Machine Learning and packages such as dplyr, tidyr, reshape2, ggplot2, through case studies Introduction to Machine Learning for Recommender Systems (6 hours) Memory based collaborative filtering Model-based collaborative Filtering, Matrix Factorization, Restricted Boltzmann Machines Context-aware collaborative Filtering, Tensor Factorization, Factorization Machines Learning to Rank for Collaborative Filtering Diversification Content-based recommendations Advanced Data Science and Machine Learning Topics (6 hours) Unsupervised Learning, k-means clustering, spectral methods, hierarchical clustering Gradient Boosted Models Deep Neural Networks, from Logistic Regression to Deep Belief Networks Convolutional Neural Networks Recurrent Neural Networks Required activities The course includes hands-on sessions where the methods introduced will be applied on real-world datasets. The course will also include homework assignments after each session. These assignments will be in a form of programming exercises where participants will implement algorithms learned in the... [-]

Barcelona Macroeconometrics Summer School

Campus Part time 5 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

Macroeconometrics is an important area of research in economics. Time series methods for empirical macroeconomics have become very popular and widely used in the academia as well as in public and private institutions. [+]

The goal of the Barcelona Macroeconometrics Summer School is to offer courses covering a wide range of topics in macroeconometrics. The courses have the following objectives: To provide students with knowledge of a set of modern time series methods necessary for empirical research in macroeconomics. To present a variety of empirical applications in macroeconomics. To survey some of the recent developments in macroeconometrics. In general, the courses will have an empirical orientation. Although econometric theory will have a central role, special attention will be paid to the applications and data. The level of the courses should be comparable to those taught in the Barcelona GSE master programs. Who will benefit from this program? Researchers and practitioners working at central banks as well as other private and public institutions whose work would benefit from a course focused on the latest advances in macroeconometrics. Masters and PhD students who want to extend their knowledge in macroeconometrics and learn more about frontier research topics. [-]

Barcelona Microeconometrics Summer School

Campus Part time 5 - 10 days June 2017 Spain Barcelona

Given the strong methodological and empirical nature of the course methodology, candidates to take this Summer School include: Researchers and professionals from public institutions (economists from ministries of economy, labor, industry, etc.,) or private institutions (economists from the research departments of financial firms or consultants) whose work requires the handling and treatment of individual data. PhD and master students in economics (or in the social sciences) who intend to or are in the process of preparing dissertations with an empirical component that requires an econometric treatment of individual data. Holders of undergraduate degrees in economics or the social sciences who wish to round out their background in quantitative topics that have a general and/or specific applicability. [+]

The increasing availability of individual data from surveys has led not only to a significant growth in the number of academic jobs of an empirical nature using this type of information but also to a greater number of studies commissioned by public and private institutions in which this type of data is used. The characteristics of this type of data are such that statistical and econometric techniques appropriate for their treatment have a specific nature, generally differentiated from those appropriate for time series data. The qualitative nature of most of the information, the representativity of the samples used, the censoring issues associated to the dependent variables are, among others, some of the aspects that distinguish these techniques from an econometric perspective. Furthermore, the growing importance of this type of information has also meant that a significant number of official surveys from different countries have a panel data structure. That is, one individual (person, household, firm) is observed for several time periods. This type of data have some econometric advantage and also requires the use of specific techniques. Finally, it is becoming a usual practice to evaluate public policies by comparing the results of a given treatment in a group of individuals with those of another group with similar characteristics that hasn’t been the object of the treatment. To do this, information from surveys is also used, this being a specific framework for the application of econometric techniques for individual data. [-]

Intensive Course on Competition Economics : Abuse of Dominance

Campus Part time 3 days September 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Competition Economics: Abuse of Dominance will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of the most recent economic theories of monopolization, will help them apply these concepts in practice, and will review actual cases in the light of an effects-based approach. [+]

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Competition Economics: Abuse of Dominance will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of the most recent economic theories of monopolization, will help them apply these concepts in practice, and will review actual cases in the light of an effects-based approach. The program’s faculty includes some of the leading academic economists in the area of abuse of dominance, and practitioners with extensive experience of the application of economic techniques to competition cases in this area. Key benefits Review established and recent economic theories of abuse through a largely non-formal exposition also accessible to non-economists Understand the distinguishing economic features of possible types of abuse, including price and non-price conduct Identify the core elements of an effects-based approach for the assessment of unilateral conduct Acquire the tools to apply a sound economic approach to monopolisation cases Review and understand the key economic considerations behind landmark competition cases on abuse of dominance Learn to structure potential abuse of dominance claims and/or defences in an economically coherent way Acquire the ability to critically evaluate economic analysis and submissions in abuse of dominance matters Learn to assess the regulatory risk of a large firm's conduct Participant profile Lawyers, economists, policy makers, managers working on Competition Policy and Regulation in: Competition authorities Regulatory agencies Law firms Courts and tribunals Economic consultancy firms International organizations Other public institutions Corporations Academics and researchers in competition law and economics A limited number of... [-]

Intensive Course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis

Campus Part time 3 days September 2017 Spain Barcelona

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis provides participants (economists, lawyers and practitioners working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of recent empirical methods to measure market power and competition, with applications to market definition, merger analysis and damages from anticompetitive conduct. [+]

Massimo Motta, Frank Verboven, and a team of leading academics and practitioners will walk you through the latest methods for analyzing competition cases. The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis provides participants (economists, lawyers and practitioners working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of recent empirical methods to measure market power and competition, with applications to market definition, merger analysis and damages from anticompetitive conduct. The program’s faculty includes some of the leading academic economists in the area of industrial organization and competition policy, and practitioners with extensive experience on quantitative methods in competition cases. Key benefits Review established and recent quantitative methods for competition analysis, with a proper balance between techniques and interpretation also accessible to non-economists. Learn about the practical considerations to apply techniques, based on the lessons from various recent cases where quantitative techniques have been applied. Learn to interpret and critically evaluate the empirical results from different approaches. Develop a good common sense of the advantages and disadvantages of different approaches, and the circumstances under which they are (not) suitable. Acquire a thorough understanding of the data requirements for applying various techniques. Illustrate how to implement merger simulation with standard software (Stata) Participant profile Lawyers, Economist, Policy Makers, Consultants, Managers working in the areas of Competition Policy and Regulation in: Competition authorities Regulatory agencies Economic consultancy firms International organizations Other public institutions Corporations Law firms and courts Judges Academic institutions and research centers in competition law and economics Accomodation... [-]

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