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Andreu Mas-Colell awarded 2018 IEF Prize for Financial Excellence in an Academic Career

Andreu Mas-Colell on stage to receive his award

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Barcelona GSE founder and Emeritus Research Professor Andreu Mas-Colell has been awarded the 2018 IEF Prize for Financial Excellence in an Academic Career, given by the Financial Studies Institute (IEF). The award ceremony took place on November 19 in Barcelona.

The jury of the IEF Awards for Financial Excellence consists of representatives of prestigious Catalan associations in the fields of Economics, Finance, and Trade, and has awarded the prize to Prof. Mas-Colell for his contributions to Economic science as a researcher and a professor, and for his role in establishing the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.

Professor Mas-Colell is the third Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor to receive the award. Previous recipients were Xavier Freixas (2016) and Jordi Galí (2011).

Professor Mas-Colell during the award ceremony

About Andreu Mas-Colell

Andreu Mas-Colell (PhD, University of Minnesota) is the founder of the Barcelona GSE and Professor Emeritus of Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He is also a Barcelona GSE Emeritus Research Professor.

Previously, he was Professor of Economics at Harvard University (1981-96) and of Economics and Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley (1972-80). He has also been president of the Scientific Advisory Committee of Telefónica Investigación y Desarrollo (2005-2008) and Secretary General of the European Research Council from (July 2009-August 2010). He served as Minister of Economy and Knowledge in the Catalan Government from December 2010 until January 2016.

Professor Mas-Colell served as chief editor of the Journal of Mathematical Economics (1985-88), and of Econometrica (1988-92). He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and was its president in 1993. In 1997, he was elected Foreign Associate to the US National Academy of Sciences and Foreign Honorary Member of the American Economic Association. From 1999 to 2005, he was a member of the executive committee of the International Economic Association. In 2006, he served as president of the European Economic Association. He has been a member of the Academia Europaea since July 2009.

Professor Mas-Colell has been a Sloan Fellow and a Guggenheim Fellow. He has received the Rey Juan Carlos I Prize in Economics (1988) and the Pascual Madoz National Research Prize (2006). He was co-recipient of the BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in Economics, Finance and Management (2009). He holds honorary degrees from the universities of Alacant, Toulouse, HEC (Paris) and Universidad Nacional del Sur (Argentina), and the University of Chicago.

Professor Mas-Colell has written over 120 research papers on subjects ranging from abstract general equilibrium theory and the structure of financial markets to pricing policy for public firms. He is the author of The Theory of General Economic Equilibrium: A Differentiable Approach (Cambridge University Press, 1985) and co-author with M. Whinston and J. Green of the graduate textbook Microeconomic Theory (Oxford University Press, 1994).

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