The 5th “Trobada Barcelona Economics” was held on October 19, 2007 at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies. The event featured a spectrum of current research from the Barcelona Economics community, ranging from the economics of happiness to the labor market impact of immigration.
In addition to offering a vista of the latest research taking place, many of the presenters were new tenure-track professors and researchers, who used the opportunity to become acquainted with the Barcelona Economics community and share their on-going research. All six of the new tenure-track presenters have recently accepted positions as Affiliated Professors at the Barcelona GSE.
UAB professor Daniela Iorio fields questions from the audience
Audience members watch a presentation
The conference was organized by the Reference Network in Analytic Economics (CREA), the sister research institution of the Barcelona GSE, and includes researchers from the three of the founding academic institutions of the school- 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).
With integration of these groups, CREA is cited as one of the leading research groups in Europe. In the paper titled "Ranking of Academic Journals and Institutions in Economics" (P. Kalaitzidakis, T.P. Mamuneas and T. Stengos, May 2002), CREA is ranked #2 when their top 30 journals are taken into account. Another work, titled "Ranking Economics Departments in Europe: A Statistical Approach" (M. Lubrano, L. Bauwens, A. Kirman and C. Protopopescu, May 2003), ranks CREA #3 in Europe when their top journal list is considered.
Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors Jordi Caballé (UAB) and Xavier Calsamiglia (UPF) acted as conference chairs. In a short speech, Professor Calsamiglia emphasized the conference as a “demonstration of the prosperity of the economics community in Barcelona”.
UPF Professor Albrecht Glitz presents his research on the German labor market
Two Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors, from the UAB and UPF, discuss economics during the break
Professor Calsamiglia also lauded the event as “a testament to the success of institution-building efforts in Barcelona”. The research community that the Barcelona GSE belongs to, internationally recognized for excellence in both teaching and research in economics, embraces the tradition of collaboration and cooperation.
Of the eight papers presented, seven were (co-) authored by new members of the Barcelona Economics community. The list of presenters included:
- Jaume Ventura (joint with Fernando Broner and Alberto Marin) (Affiliations: CREI, UPF, and Barcelona GSE) “Enforcement Problems and Secondary Markets”
- Nicola Gennaioli (CREI, UPF, and Barcelona GSE) “Bankruptcy and Debt Finance”
- Miguel Ángel Ballester (joint with G. Haeringer) (UAB and Barcelona GSE) “A Characterization of the Single-Peaked Domain”
- Daniela Iorio (UAB and Barcelona GSE) “Electoral Uncertainty and the Stability of Coalition Governments”
- Albrecht Glitz (UPF and Barcelona GSE) “The Labor Market Impact of Immigration in Germany”
- Jesús Fernandez-Huertas (IAE-CSIC) “New Evidence on Emigrant Selection and Other Immigration Topics”
- Ada Ferrer (IAE-CSIC and Barcelona GSE) “Happiness Economics and its Applications”
- Karl Schlag (UPF and Barcelona GSE) “The Randomization Trick for Learning in Economics and Statistics”
Attendees of the conference came from all parts of the Barcelona Economics community
The conference was held at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies