On May 17, Washington University Professor Michele Boldrin spoke at the CREA Barcelona Economics lecture organized by the Reference Center in Analytic Economics (CREA), the sister research institution of the Barcelona GSE, and sponsored by Banc Sabadell.
CREA, the initiator of the Barcelona Economics lectures, is a research network promoted by the Government of Catalonia to foster excellence in economics research in Barcelona and support top research groups in economics. Three of the founding institutions of the Barcelona GSE compose CREA: the Unit of Economic Analysis of the UAB, the Department of Economics and Business of the UPF, and the Institute of Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC).
The Barcelona Economics lecture series takes place twice a year, bringing top economics to Barcelona to share their latest research. Past invited lecturers in 2006-2007 included Andrei Schleifer (Harvard), Dale Jorgenson (Harvard), and Mathias Dewatripont (Université Libre de Bruxelles).
Professor Boldrin's talk explored the link between market structure and innovative activity. His current research focuses on innovation and intellectual property, the determinants of fertility, business cycle theory, and the intergenerational welfare state.
Since receiving his PhD in Economics from the University of Rochester in 1987 Professor Boldrin has been affiliated with University of Chicago, UCLA, the Santa Fe Institute, Northwestern University, Carlos III de Madrid, University of Minnesota, and Washington University, where he is currently a professor.
He has been a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Bocconi University, Wuhan University, and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, one of the founding academic institutions of the Barcelona GSE.
Professor Boldrin has served as editor or associate editor for a number of journals; currently he is an associate editor of Econometrica and an editor of the Review of Economic Dynamics. He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and a research associate of the Center for Economic Policy Research.
His research focuses on dynamic general equilibrium models and economic theory more generally, with a particular focus on issues related to economic growth, innovation, business cycles and public policy.