New Research Professors Jaume Ventura, Giacomo de Giorgi, Alberto Martín appointed by Barcelona GSE Board

At its annual meeting on November 23, the Barcelona GSE Board of Trustees appointed Jaume Ventura (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE) as Barcelona GSE Research Professor. This new appointment joins two previous appointments from last July: Giacomo de Giorgi, currently Assistant Professor at Stanford University (ICREA-MOVE, UAB and Barcelona GSE from June 2013), and Alberto Martín (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE).

The distinction of Barcelona GSE Research Professor is a joint appointment between the Barcelona GSE and one of the School's academic units, and was created in 2009 to increase the critical mass of top scientists at the GSE. Research Professorships are funded by the School's research endowment, which is dedicated exclusively to supporting these appointments.

Professors Ventura and Martín are familiar faces in the GSE research community and in the School’s classrooms. Professor De Giorgi will join the GSE community in the late spring, when he will teach a course in the GSE Master in Economics of Public Policy.

A short biography of each professor follows:

Prof. Jaume Ventura


Jaume Ventura (PhD, Harvard University, 1995) is Senior Researcher at CREI and Professor at UPF. Prior to joining CREI and UPF, he was a tenured associate professor at MIT. He has also taught at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, London Business School, and INSEAD. Professor Ventura has worked full-time for the World Bank, and acted as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank. He is Fellow of the European Economic Association, Faculty Research Fellow of NBER, and Research Fellow of CEPR, where he has been Co-Director of the International Macroeconomics program (2007-11). He has been editor of Economic Journal and associate editor of Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, and Journal of the European Economics Association.

Professor Ventura’s research specializes in Macroeconomics and International Economics. In 2010, he received an Advanced Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) for his project, “Asset Bubbles and Economic Policy.” He is a member of the Barcelona GSE’s Academic Programs Committee and the Steering Committee of the Barcelona GSE Master Program in International Trade, Finance and Development. He teaches in the master programs as well as the GPEFM doctoral program at UPF. Professor Ventura also directed the GPEFM program from 2007-10.

Prof. Giacomo de Giorgi


Giacomo de Giorgi (PhD, University College London, 2007) is Assistant Professor of Economics at Stanford University (currently on leave at Columbia University), and has been Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of California-Berkeley. He will join MOVE as ICREA Professor in June 2013. He is Research Affiliate of BREAD, Faculty Research Fellow of CEPR, and Research Fellow of NBER. He is also Faculty Fellow of the Stanford Center for International Development (SCID) and Affiliate of Fondazione Rodolfo Debenedetti (fRDB).

Prof. De Giorgi’s research interests include Development, Labor Economics, Applied Econometrics, Consumption Smoothing, Insurance Networks, and Social Interactions. In 2011, he received an IGC grant for his project, “Exit from Informality: Carrot and Stick.” In 2009 he received an FSI and an SCID grant for Financial Literacy and Development and an IRiSS-seeds grant for Climate Change and Development.

Prof. Alberto Martín


Alberto Martín (PhD, Columbia University) is Senior Researcher at CREI and Adjunct Professor at UPF. He is also a Research Affiliated of CEPR. He has held visiting positions at the International Monetary Fund and Collegio Carlo Alberto. His research interests include Macroeconomic Theory, International Economics, and Financial Markets. In 2010, Prof. Martín and fellow Barcelona GSE Research Professor Nicola Gennaioli (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE, on leave) received a Research Funding Grant from the International Growth Centre (ICG) for their project, “Market Institutions, Government Agency and Capital Flows.”

Prof. Martín teaches in the Barcelona GSE master programs as well as the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM), the Barcelona GSE’s reference doctoral program at UPF.

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