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Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School 

Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School

Welcome to the Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School (BLSS)


The Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School will be offered by the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. It is directed by Maia Güell, Professor of Economics at University of Edinburgh.

Course content

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.

Course Offering

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


Lectures on the Economics of Education

June 29 - July 3
9:00 - 11:00

Derek Neal

Labor Market Outcomes

June 29 - July 3
 11:30 - 13:30Robert Shimer
Paper Presentations
June 30 - Jul 3
 13:45 - 14:45  

Worker Mobility in Globalized Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences of Migration

June 30 - Jul 3
 15:00 - 17:30
Joan Llull


The schedule of the Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School is designed to allow students to participate in all courses offered. However, courses can also 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 "labor 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.

To whom the Barcelona Labor Economics Summer School is addressed

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.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for admission, applicants must have:

  • 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.

Fees and Discounts

  • Regular fee: 1000 € per course
  • Reduced fee: 650 € per course
Discount pricing for participants taking more than one course (from any Summer School program):
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. [pdf]


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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