Prof. Marta Reynal-Querol to receive Banco Herrero Prize


Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor Marta Reynal-Querol (ICREA-UPF and GSE) has been named the tenth recipient of the prestigious Banco Herrero Prize. The prize is awarded once a year and recognizes a researcher under 40 years old who has outstanding research accomplishments in the fields of Economics and the social sciences.

Cutting-edge, innovative research

The prize selection committee was chaired by Dr. Josep Oliu, President of Banco Herrero (part of the Banc Sabadell group). According to a press release announcing the committee's decision, Prof. Reynal stood out for her "cutting-edge, innovative research" on economics, ethnic diversity, and civil strife, "which has been published in the most relevant economic journals and has received a high number of citations."

Prof. Reynal-Querol's most recent research examines the importance of personal and psychological characteristics of leaders in the results of companies and countries, an aspect that had not been considered in prior research on the subject. Her methodology and findings paint a more complete macroeconomic picture and a new perspective on the probability of the appearance of conflicts.

First female economist joins a list of distinguished prize winners

Prof. Reynal-Querol is the first woman selected to receive the Banco Herrero Prize, whose past winners include Prof. Xavier Sala-i-Martin (Columbia University and Barcelona GSE guest professor), IESE Prof. José Manuel Campa (who spoke at the GSE's opening ceremony this year), and Prof. Pol Antràs (Harvard University and Barcelona GSE board member).

The Banco Herrero Prize will be officially awarded to Prof. Reynal-Querol in a ceremony that will take place in early October 2011 in Barcelona.

About Prof. Marta Reynal-Querol

Marta Reynal

Marta Reynal-Querol (PhD, London School of Economics, 2001) is ICREA Research Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Affiliated Professor of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. She is member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the European Journal of Political Economy, and Associate Editor of the Spanish Economic Review. She is also a member of the Council of the European Economic Association (EEA). She was awarded an ERC Starting Grant by the European Research Council in 2008.

Prof. Reynal-Querol's research focuses on the causes of civil wars and genocides, conflict resolution and the aftermath of conflict; aid effectiveness, and the economics of institutions. She has published in The American Economic Review, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Growth, Journal of Development Economics, the European Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Economic Letters among others. She also worked as a consultant and an economist at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. from 2001 to 2005.

Recent research by Prof. Reynal-Querol:


List of past recipients of the Banco Herrero Prize (chronological)

Xavier Sala-i-Martin, Columbia University and Barcelona GSE guest professor

José Manuel Campa Fernández, IESE

Roberto Serrano, Brown University and IMDEA

Mauro F. Guillén, Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Javier Suárez, CEMFI

Luis Garicano, London School of Economics

Diego Puga, IMDEA

Pol Antràs, Harvard University

Jesús Fernández Villaverde, University of Pennsylvania


Research at Barcelona GSE

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