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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

PLEASE NOTE: Dates and courses to be determined for the 2015 edition.

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

 Course DatesTime   Instructor
Banking Theory
TBA Xavier Freixas
Empirical Banking - Applications TBA José-Luis Peydró
Paper Presentations TBA  
Regulation of Banks and Risk Management:
Pre- and Post-Crisis
TBA Robert DeYoung
Empirical Banking - Methodological Aspects
TBA Steven Ongena
Paper Presentations

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. If you are interested in submitting a paper for review, please make your submission at 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. At the end of the Summer School, participants who have presented a paper will receive an additional certificate.

Papers that are selected for presentations at the BBSS can be solicited by either professors De Young or Ongena who are (co-)editors from the Journal of Money Credit and Banking and the Review of Finance, respectively. Both will attend the presentations. Solicitation involves a first submission fee-waiver after which the regular refereeing process applies. Solicitation can occur irrespective of participation in the BBSS program. As the professors responsible for the summer school belong to the editorial board of some of the Journals in the area of banking, they may wave the submission fee for top papers submitted to these journals, although, of course the referee process will be the usual one.Theoretical papers are expected to be reviewed during first week of the program. Empirical papers are expected to be reviewed during second week of the program.


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

Banking Theory course:

Freixas, X. and Rochet, J.C., Microeconomic Theory of Banking, MIT Press, 1997.


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: 1100 € per course
  • Reduced fee: 625 € 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 30.

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 send in their application form before the 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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