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 Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell 

Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell

PhD, University of Amsterdam
Tenured Scientist, IAE
Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor
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Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell is Tenured Scientist at IAE, Research Fellow of IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor), and member of MOVE (Markets, Organizations and Votes in Economics) and INSIDE (Insights on Immigration and Development). She is associate editor of the Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.

She is a member of the GINI project and was a member of the EU projects EPICURUS and Health@Work. In 2011 she received a RecerCaixa grant for her project, "Immigrant location and native residential preferences in Spain: new ghettoes?"

Prof. Ferrer has PhDs in Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (US) and the Tinbergen Institute (University of Amsterdam).

Her main research area is the econometric analysis of subjective measures used as a proxy for welfare and well-being so as to address a range of scientifically and politically relevant questions. In addition, she has worked on individual behavior and sustainable consumption.

She currently serves as the Barcelona GSE's Deputy Director for Academic Programs.

 Research interests:

Behavioral economics
Environmental economics

 Selected publications:


"Happiness Quantified: A Satisfaction Calculus Approach" (with B.M.S. van Praag). Oxford University Press, 2008.

Book Chapters

"Inequality and happiness (with B.M.S. van Praag)." In: W. Salverda, B. Nolan, and T. Smeeding (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Economic Inequality. Chapter 17. Oxford University Press, 2009.

"Income evaluation norms." In: A.C. Michalos, P.M. Kahlke and D. Quinones (eds.). Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research. Springer, 2011.

Journal Articles

Budria, S., L. Diaz-Serrano, A. Ferrer-i-Carbonell and J. Hartog. "Risk attitude and wage growth: replicating Shaw (1996)." Empirical Economics, March 2012.

van Praag, B.M.S., D. Romanov, and A. Ferrer-i-Carbonell. "Happiness and
Financial Satisfaction in Israel. Effects of Religiosity, Ethnicity, and War." Journal of Economic Psychology 31(6): 1008-1020, 2010.

 Working papers:

Income Comparisons and Non-Cognitive Skills (November 2013)
by Santi Budria, Ada Ferrer-i-Carbonell