Research Reports: "la Caixa" Foundation Grants 2017

The "la Caixa" Foundation supports ground-breaking research at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics through the "la Caixa" Foundation Research Grants on Socioeconomic Well-being.


Five research projects led by six Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors were selected from a competitive open call to receive "la Caixa" Foundation Grants as part of the inaugural call in 2017. All proposals were evaluated by a Scientific Committee of experts, who chose projects with ground-breaking methodologies and direct implications for socioeconomic well-being.

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Projects and results from the 2017 edition

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Research grant project summaries and results

All projects listed below were funded by the 2017 "la Caixa" Foundation Grants on Socioeconomic Well-being. The principal investigator and main results are indicated for each project. Select a project to read a non-academic summary of the research conducted and a detailed listing of papers, conferences, and other academic production and dissemination from the grant.

Analyzing Conflict from Space

Principal Investigators:
André Gröger (UAB and Barcelona GSE) and Hannes Mueller (ICREA-IAE and Barcelona GSE)

This project seeks to provide a new, automatized way to capture fighting and destruction using satellite imagery, build a panel dataset using this method, and then illustrate what can be learned from this alternative measure of violence.

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Causal Effects of Early Interventions on Child Health and Cognitive Development

Principal Investigator:
Libertad González (UPF and Barcelona GSE)

The project examines a range of policies that target children at a very early age and evaluates the effects of these policies on health and cognitive development from birth to adolescence.

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Labor Market Effects of Selective Immigration Policies

Principal Investigator:
Joan Llull (MOVE, UAB and Barcelona GSE)

The project uncovers the two main mechanisms by which the immigration of high skilled workers affects natives.

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Stabilization Policies and Growth: A Keynesian Growth Perspective

Principal Investigator:
Luca Fornaro (CREI, UPF and Barcelona GSE)

The project is part of a larger effort to develop a novel growth approach that emphasizes the relationship between the demand side of the economy and productivity growth.

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Understanding Risk and Time Preferences

Principal Investigator:
Jose Apesteguia (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE)

The project develops a simple, tractable and sound stochastic framework for the joint treatment of risk and time preferences that will enable the proper estimation of risk and time attitudes.

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