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Barcelona Banking Summer School 

Barcelona Banking Summer School

Welcome to the Barcelona Banking Summer School (BBSS)

The Barcelona Banking Summer School will be offered by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. It is directed by Xavier Freixas, Professor in the Department of Economics and Business of the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE Research Professor.

The Barcelona Banking Summer School offers a variety of courses taught by recognized experts in their fields. The 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.

Course Offering

All courses are 10 hours long. The schedule is as follows:

 Course DatesTime   Instructor
Banking Theory
June 29 - July 3
 9:00 - 11:00
Xavier Freixas
Empirical Banking - Applications June 29 - July 311:30 - 13:30
José-Luis Peydró
Paper Presentations June 29 - July 3M-Th 14:00
Regulation of Banks and Risk Management in a Post-Crisis World July 6-109:00 - 11:00
Robert DeYoung
Empirical Banking - Methodological Aspects
July 6-1011:30 - 13:30
Steven Ongena
Paper Presentations
July 6-9M-Th 14:00

The schedule of the Barcelona Banking Summer School is designed to allow students to participate in all the courses offered. However, courses can be taken individually.

Call for papers

There is a call for papers for students who wish to present their work. Students are encouraged to present their research papers. If you are interested  in  submitting  a  paper  for  review,  please  make  your  submission to summerschool@barcelonagse.eu. (Please put "Banking call for papers" in the subject line of your email.) Please note that the deadline for submitting papers is May 30. The schedule for the presentation of papers will be announced when the selection of papers has been finalized.


The following texts are required and are included in the admission fee:

Banking Theory course:
Freixas, X. and Rochet, J.C., Microeconomics of Banking, 2nd edition, MIT Press, 2008.

Empirical Banking - Methodological Aspects:
Degryse, H., Kim, M., and Ongena, S., Microeconometrics of Banking Methods, Applications, and Results, Oxford University Press, 2009.

Entry Requirements

The courses are designed for graduate students specializing in banking and financial markets, as well as faculty members or researchers, central bankers and regulators wishing to brush up on their knowledge of the field and be exposed to the latest advances in academic research.

To be considered for admission, applicants must have:

  •  Strong background in Economics
  •  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.

Fees and Discounts

  • Regular fee: 1150 € per course
  • Reduced fee: 675 € per course
Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course:
2 courses
20% discount
3 courses
35% discount
4 courses
40% discount

Early bird discount:An additional 10% discount for full payments received on or before April 15.

Reduced fee applies to PhD/Master students, returning summer school participants and Barcelona GSE students / alumni.

Fees for the first course vary by summer school program; please check other summer school program pages for their fees.

Fees include coffee breaks and any material required for the course.

Admission Process

Interested candidates should apply before May 30. After this deadline, your place may not be guaranteed.

Applications will be evaluated by the program directors and candidates will be informed of their decision. A document will be attached to our response with payment information. Before applying, please read through the summer school cancellation policy and other regulations.


At the conclusion of the Summer Schools, participants will receive a certificate for the number of hours attended. All Barcelona GSE courses require an average of twice the lecture hours for readings, pre-readings and class preparation. Interested students should check with their universities to see if these hours are transferable into ECTS credits.

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