Each year, an article from each American Economic Journal is selected from nominated articles for the AEJ Best Paper Award. This year, an article co-authored by Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor Ruben Durante (UPF and BGSE) was chosen to receive the AEJ: Applied Economics Best Paper Award.

In the paper, “Market-Based Lobbying: Evidence From Advertising Spending in Italy,” authors Stefano DellaVigna, Ruben Durante, Brian Knight, and Eliana La Ferrara study how firms in Italy changed their advertising spending when media mogul Silvio Berlusconi was in power. They estimate that Berlusconi’s private television network, Mediaset, saw a significant boost in advertising spending from firms between 1993-2009, especially from companies in more regulated sectors. (AEJ: Applied Economics, Vol. 8, No. 1, January 2016)

A non-technical summary of this paper is available on the AEA website: Do firms lobby politicians by patronizing their businesses?

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IMF Head of Talent Acquisition says BGSE students have the combination of hard and soft skills the IMF needs

The Head of Talent Acquisition at the International Monetary Fund gave a recruitment talk to Barcelona GSE masters and PhD students this May. She emphasized the importance of soft skills in addition to technical skills when considering candidates for positions with the IMF:

"All of the Barcelona GSE students I've met have been personable as well as technically prepared. Hard skills can only get you so far. At the IMF we need people with soft skills who are able to perform analysis but can also communicate clearly and openly."

Gina Paone, IMF Head of Talent Acquisition, speaking to Barcelona GSE students

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Photo album: BGSE Community Fideuà 2017

The annual springtime fideuà was cooked for Barcelona GSE students, local alumni, faculty, and staff in the garden at UPF Ciutadella Campus on May 24, 2017. See all the photos in our album or share your own with hashtag #bgse2017!

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Student blog: Could post-Brexit uncertainty have been predicted?

In a new post on the Barcelona GSE Voice, masters students Cox Bogaards, Marceline Noumoe Feze, Swasti Gupta, and Mia Kim Veloso (Class of 2017) share some work that contributes to ongoing research by assessing whether the uncertainty in the aftermath of the UK’s vote to leave the EU could have been predicted.

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Forthcoming publications in top five journals by BGSE Affiliated Professors

See a list of forthcoming publications by Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors in the top five Economics journals, and search papers already published

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