Modern crises and emerging challenges have called established economic models into question. In 2006, as thought leaders in countries all over the globe were re-examining our understanding of economic science, a group of highly renowned professors and economists envisioned the need for a graduate school that could produce research and trained professionals with the preparation and expertise to tackle these complex issues.
The Barcelona GSE was founded as an institution for scientific cooperation between four existing academic and research units with a long tradition of collaboration:
The Barcelona GSE enjoys close collaboration with these academic units in teaching and research as well as in the shared use of resources. This combination of innovation and accumulated experience is one of the unique features of the Barcelona GSE. The affiliated professors of the Barcelona GSE constituted the academic community of the School, and all of them are tenured or tenure-track faculty members from its four academic units.
The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics is a large community of researchers, professors, students, and alumni who all share the School’s core spirit: to create value for society with rigorous work and social responsibility through pioneering research and education.
We seek outstanding, motivated students and provide them with a top-notch education and values that will make them exceptional global experts with intellectual rigor and critical thinking skills. During their time with us, our students have direct contact with professors and practitioners whose insights from academic and industry are part of the curriculum.
At the Barcelona GSE, education and research are closely linked. Key factors for the continued top performance of our researchers have been: the co-organization of the PhD programs in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the development of new research activities such as the Barcelona GSE Summer Forum; and the achievement of competitive funding programs such as the Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Distinction.
In addition to the many grants and awards that our faculty receive, the quality and quantity of the scientific production among the entire Barcelona GSE research community positions us well in international research rankings such as RePEC.
Such ambitious objectives would not be possible without the support and partnership of institutions and companies that have collaborated with the School from day one: the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council, our Board of Trustees, and our sponsors.
The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics 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 current chairman is Prof. Ramon Marimon.
Professor Teresa Garcia-Milà is the Director of the Barcelona GSE. The School also has two deputy directors: Prof. Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell, Deputy Director for Academic Programs; and Prof. Julian di Giovanni, Deputy Director for Research.
The following groups work with the Director, Deputy Directors, and Chairman to ensure the quality of our programs and shape the future of the Barcelona GSE:
The Scientific Council is composed of more than 30 leading academics – including 12 Nobel Laureates in Economics – who forge and enhance relationships between the Barcelona GSE and the wider academic community.
The Board of Trustees is responsible for the overall direction of the school, guiding and drawing up rules for governance. It adopts the budget and appoints an Honorary President and a Chairman, who serve as Trustees, and further names the Director and the Academic Committee.
The Units Committee guides the development of the school's research initiatives for scientific cooperation.
Barcelona GSE Director Prof. Teresa Garcia-Milà chairs the committee, which is composed of the directors of the school’s four academic units.
This committee academically validates the master programs and follows their development, as well as dealing with the academic affairs of the school. It is composed of Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors and chaired by the School's director.