18 top economists participate in Barcelona GSE Scientific Council meeting

The group of eminent scholars, which includes four Nobel laureates, will hold its third biennial meeting to analyze the Barcelona GSE's educational activities, research initiatives and institutional development.

March will end with a flurry of activity at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics as 18 of the world's top economic scholars arrive on campus. These distinguished academics play a special role in the Barcelona GSE community as members of the school's Scientific Council, an external body that meets every two years to analyze the educational activities, research initiatives, and institutional development of the School. The Council meets every two years and will hold its next meeting on March 24, 2012.

Students and faculty at the Barcelona GSE will have two opportunities to hear some of these eminent scholars speak while they are in Barcelona. The first is a Barcelona GSE Lecture by Prof. Kenneth J. Arrow, Professor (Stanford University, Nobel Laureate). The lecture, "The Economy as an Interactive Information System," will take place on March 22 at Banc Sabadell Auditorium.

Labor market reform debate will include three Nobel laureates in Economics

As countries like Spain adopt sweeping labor market reforms, the Barcelona GSE community will hear a round table debate with five renowned economists–including three Nobel laureates in Economics–on the subject of "Exits from the crisis: labor reform and beyond." The participants will be:

  • Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University)
  • Jacques Drèze (Université Catholique de Louvain)
  • Robert Lucas (University of Chicago, Nobel Laureate)
  • James Mirrlees (University of Cambridge, Nobel Laureate)
  • Edward Prescott (Arizona State University, Nobel Laureate)

The round table will take place on March 23 at the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE), an academic unit of the Barcelona GSE. The IAE will mark the end of it 25th anniversary program with this timely and important economic debate.

Update: the round table has been relocated to the CSIC Researchers Residence in central Barcelona.

Members of the Barcelona GSE Scientific Council attending the 2012 meeting:

  • Kenneth J. Arrow (Stanford University, Nobel Laureate)
  • Orley Ashenfelter (Princeton University)
  • Jürgen Basedow (Max Planck Institute)
  • Jacques Drèze (Université Catholique de Louvain)
  • Raquel Fernández (New York University)
  • Oliver Hart (Harvard University)
  • Bengt Holström (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • Timothy J. Kehoe (University of Minnesota)
  • Robert Lucas (University of Chicago, Nobel Laureate)
  • Charles F. Manski (Northwestern University)
  • James Mirrlees (University of Cambridge, Nobel Laureate)
  • Juan Pablo Nicolini (Universidad Torcuato di Tella Buenos Aires)
  • Aloisio Pessoa de Araújo (IMPA and Fundação Getulio Varga, Rio de Janeiro)
  • Edward Prescott (Arizona State University, Nobel Laureate)
  • John Roberts (Stanford University)
  • Hugo Sonnenschein (University of Chicago)
  • Nancy Stokey (University of Chicago)
  • Fabrizio Zilibotti (Universität Zürich)


The 2010 Scientific Council Meeting at the Barcelona GSE's Ciutadella campus. 14 members attended in 2010; in 2012 the meeting will include 18 members.

Barcelona GSE Scientific Council