Profs. Xavier Freixas and Nicola Gennaioli appointed Barcelona GSE Research Professors

This January, two more members of the Barcelona GSE affiliated faculty have been appointed Barcelona GSE Research Professors. This distinction is a joint appointment between the Barcelona GSE and one of the School's founding academic bodies, and was created in the spring of 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.

The new Barcelona GSE Research Professors are Prof. Xavier Freixas (UPF and Barcelona GSE), and Prof. Nicola Gennaioli (CREI-UPF and Barcelona GSE). They join seven other Barcelona GSE affiliated professors who were appointed earlier, including Prof. Albert Marcet (ICREA-IAE and Barcelona GSE) who began his appointment in Fall 2010.

A brief biography of each of the new Research Professors is provided below.

Prof. Xavier Freixas

Prof. Xavier Freixas (PhD, Toulouse 1978) is Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and Research Fellow at CEPR. He is Chairman of the Risk Based Regulation Program of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and former president of the European Finance Association. He has previously been Deutsche Bank Professor of European Financial Integration at Oxford University, Houblon Norman Senior Fellow of the Bank of England and Joint Executive Director at the Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada (FEDEA), and Professor at Montpellier and at Toulouse Universities. He has been a consultant for the European Investment Bank, the New York Fed, the European Central Bank, the World Bank, the Interamerican Development Bank, MEFF and the European Investment Bank.

His is renowned for his research work in the banking area as well as for his book Microeconomics of Banking (MIT Press, 1997), co-authored with Jean-Charles Rochet. He is Associate Editor of Journal of Financial Intermediation, Review of Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and Journal of Financial Services Research. He has published a number of papers in the main economic and finance journals (Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Econometrica, Journal of Political Economy, among others). 

In addition to his research activities, Prof. Freixas is scientific director of the Barcelona GSE Master in Finance. He was also the first director of that program and continues to teach courses to master students. He has also taught in other master programs at the Barcelona GSE including the Master in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets and the Master in International Trade, Finance and Development. Prof. Freixas teaches doctoral students in the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM) at the UPF.

Prof. Nicola Gennaioli

Prof. Nicola Gennaioli (PhD, Harvard University 2004) is a Researcher at CREI and Assistant Professor of Economics at the UPF. He is a CEPR Research Affiliate (International Macro and Public Policy Groups) and a Ramon y Cajal Fellow (2008-13). He has been an Assistant Professor at the Institute for International Economic Studies in Stockholm since 2004. He was also a postdoctoral fellow in organizational economics at Harvard University (2009-10).

Prof. Gennaioli received a Starting Grant from the European Research Council (ERC) in 2009 for his project, “Institutions and Globalization." In 2010, he and co-author Prof. Alberto Martin (CREI and Barcelona GSE) received a Research Funding Grant from the International Growth Centre (IGC) for their project, "Market Institutions, Government Agency, and Capital Flows." He is Associate Editor of Journal of the European Economic Association, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Development Economics, and Economic Journal. He is also a Panel Member of Economic Policy.

Prof. Gennaioli is currently teaching in the Barcelona GSE Master in Economics as well as the Master in International Trade, Finance and Development. Like Prof. Freixas, he also teaches doctoral courses in the GPEFM program at UPF.

Xavier Freixas

Xavier Freixas

PhD, Université de Toulouse

UPF and Barcelona GSE

Nicola Gennaioli

Nicola Gennaioli

PhD, Harvard University

CREI and Barcelona GSE

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