The Barcelona GSE is a leading institution for graduate education and research in Economics, Finance, and Data Science. Our key mission is the training of the next generation of economists and data scientists by offering world-class programs taught by leading faculty in their field.

We bring talented, motivated students from more than 50 countries to Barcelona and connect them with top-ranking researchers, experienced teaching faculty, international alumni, and a strong recruiter network.

The objective of our rigorous nine-month Master’s programs is to prepare graduates for professional and academic careers that require intense analytical thinking and a flexible mindset.

Why study at the Barcelona GSE

Nobel Laureates help to develop the Master’s

Our Scientific Council of more than 30 leading academics including 11 Nobel Laureates in Economics provides strategic guidance for program development.

Ranked in the Top 10 institutions in Europe for Economics research (RePEc)

We are also ranked in the Top 20 Economics departments worldwide by RePEc. In addition, both of the Barcelona GSE's founding universities, Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, are ranked in the QS World University Rankings for Economics & Econometrics in 38th place and in the top 100 respectively.

Our graduates get competitive jobs

93% of graduates placed within 6 months of completing the master's degree, helped by our dedicated Career Services team.

Class of 2019 at a glance

The Class of 2019 is made up of 225 students, from 54 countries, with an average age of 25 years. Most students have undergraduate degrees in Economics or Finance. Others come from Engineering, Mathematics, or other backgrounds.

Students from around the world

85% of students in the Class of 2019 are from outside of Spain, and 40% of students came from outside Europe. These students bring an enriching mixture of professional backgrounds, cultural perspectives, and personal experiences to the classroom.

Work experience before the master program

In the Class of 2019 we have a 80% of students who come straight from their undergraduate degree to study a master. The remaining students have professional experience at consulting firms, international organizations, and banks as well as research institutions and government agencies.

Life in Barcelona

With seven universities and numerous research institutions, Barcelona offers one of Europe's most inspiring environments for students and academics to live and study.

This intellectually appealing atmosphere coupled with the Barcelona GSE’s location on the campuses of two internationally ranked universities puts our students in the heart of a dynamic academic environment.

Programs taught in:
  • English

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Summer courses cover recent developments in different areas of banking, including theoretical and empirical aspects of banking, banking regulation, and supervision, finan ... [+]

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The Barcelona GSE Banking Summer School offers a variety of courses taught by recognized experts in their fields.

Summer courses cover recent developments in different areas of banking, including theoretical and empirical aspects of banking, banking regulation, and supervision, financial markets and payments systems. During the courses, the faculty is available to discuss research ideas and projects with the program participants.

Course list for 2018

Four courses will be offered in the Banking Summer School:

Week 1 (June 25-29, 2018)

Banking TheoryInstructor: Xavier Freixas (UPF and BGSE) Empirical Banking - Methodological AspectsInstructor: Stephen Ongena (University of Zurich and Swiss Finance Institute) ... [-]
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Competition Economics Summer School is divided into five days into four-hour classes daily, with course content structured in three blocks: Economic Theory Tools for ... [+]

About Course list for 2018

Week 1 (June 25-29, 2018)

Horizontal Mergers – Theory and EmpiricsInstructors: Albert Banal-Estañol and Christian Michel Competition in the Digital SectorInstructors: Juan-José Ganuza, Rosa Ferrer, and Massimo Motta

Week 2 (July 2-6, 2018)No Competition courses scheduled.

Course schedule

Each course in the Competition program includes 10 hours of lecture time.

The schedule is designed to allow students to participate in both courses in the Competition program. Courses can also be taken individually or in combination with courses in other BGSE Summer School programs, schedule permitting.

Entry requirements

Applicants to all Summer School programs should meet the basic entry requirements.... [-]

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September 2020
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona Corporate Finance Summer School offers an in-depth analysis of the current state of research in the main areas of empirical and theoretical corporate financ ... [+]

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The Barcelona GSE Finance Summer School offers a comprehensive review of the current state of knowledge in corporate finance, asset pricing, and portfolio management.

The objective of the school is to bring participants up to date on the most important issues in finance. Participants will gain a solid understanding of the key concepts in corporate finance, asset pricing, and portfolio management. Each of the courses combines a mixture of lectures and practical classes.

The morning lectures are taught by academics, whose work is at the frontier of research in each of the respective fields. The lectures will cover an extensive range of conceptual issues in the various fields covered by the Summer School.... [-]

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September 2020
English
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5 - 10 days
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona CREI Macroeconomics Summer School offers an overview of the current state of research in key areas of macroeconomics. Courses are taught by leading experts ... [+]

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The Barcelona CREI Macroeconomics Summer School offers an overview of the current state of research in key areas of macroeconomics.

The courses, which are taught by leading experts in their fields, cover recent developments in different areas of macroeconomics, including growth, international finance and trade, asset bubbles, political reform, financial intermediation, fiscal and monetary policy and forecasting. The courses are aimed at advanced undergraduate and graduate students, as well as more senior researchers and practitioners willing to brush up their knowledge and expose themselves to the latest advances in academic research. During the summer school, faculty is available for discussion of participants’ research ideas, as well as the lectures’ contents.... [-]

Spain Barcelona
September 2020
English
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5 - 10 days
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The main aim of the Data Science Summer School is to introduce participants to some of the tools and methods of Data Science. ... [+]

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The Barcelona GSE Data Science Summer School introduces participants to some of the tools and methods of Data Science.

Course list for 2018

Two courses will be offered in the Data Science Summer School:

Week 1 (June 25-29, 2018)

The Data Science Toolbox and Machine LearningInstructors: Alexandros Karatzoglou and Ilias Leontiadis from Telefónica Research

Week 2 (July 2-6, 2018)

Bayesian Machine Learning in Social SciencesInstructors: Stephen Hansen (University of Oxford), Omiros Papaspiliopoulos(ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), David Rossell (UPF and Barcelona GSE) Course schedule

Each course in the Data Science program includes 20 hours of lecture time.

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September 2020
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Labor related issues have been studied in the economics profession from a number of different angles. The Barcelona GSE Labor Economics Summer School covers a wide range ... [+]

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Labor-related issues have been studied in the economics profession from a number of different angles. The Barcelona GSE Labor Economics Summer School covers a wide range of topics in labor economics from a variety of perspectives.

In particular, this summer school offers courses that will cover recent developments within the macro-labor and micro-labor contexts. In each course, both theoretical and empirical aspects will be covered as well as economic policy. These courses should be of interest to graduate students or academics who want to expand their knowledge in the area and to practitioners interested in understanding the fundamentals of these issues. During the courses, faculty is available to discuss research ideas and projects with the program participants.... [-]

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September 2020
English
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Macroeconometrics is an important area of research in economics. Time series methods for empirical macroeconomics have become very popular and widely used in the academia ... [+]

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Macroeconometrics is an important area of research in economics. Time series methods for empirical macroeconomics have become very popular and widely used in the academia as well as in public and private institutions.

The goal of the Barcelona GSE Macroeconometrics Summer School is to offer courses covering a wide range of topics in macroeconometrics. The courses have the following objectives:

To provide students with knowledge of a set of modern time series methods necessary for empirical research in macroeconomics. To present a variety of empirical applications in macroeconomics. To survey some of the recent developments in macroeconometrics.

In general, the courses will have an empirical orientation. Although econometric theory will have a central role, special attention will be paid to the applications and data. The level of the courses should be comparable to those taught in the Barcelona GSE master programs.... [-]

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September 2020
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Microeconometrics Summer School specializes in the application of econometric techniques and is taught by experts in the field. ... [+]

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The Barcelona GSE Microeconometrics Summer School specializes in the application of econometric techniques and is taught by experts in the field.

The increasing availability of individual data from surveys has led not only to a significant growth in the number of academic jobs of an empirical nature using this type of information but also to a greater number of studies commissioned by public and private institutions in which this type of data is used.

The characteristics of this type of data are such that statistical and econometric techniques appropriate for their treatment have a specific nature, generally differentiated from those appropriate for time series data. The qualitative nature of most of the information, the representativity of the samples used and the censoring issues associated to the dependent variables are, among others, some of the aspects that distinguish these techniques from an econometric perspective.... [-]

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September 2020
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Competition in Digital Markets will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with a th ... [+]

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The digital sector has become pervasive in our economies and has transformed our lives in many (mostly positive) respects. But there are increasing concerns that competition in digital markets does not work properly, leading to the creation of dominant platforms with persistent market power. This in turn may make it difficult for rivals to challenge the position of the incumbents and may not deliver to consumers the benefits that a truly open market would provide. Antitrust authorities have investigated (and sanctioned) some practices adopted by these dominant platforms, but there is also a debate on the extent to which competition law may be able to intervene, and how.

This course offers the opportunity to understand how the digital economy works, and under what conditions competition may not function as it should in this sector. It provides participants with a thorough understanding of how to evaluate the substitutability between different offerings and when to view practices such as tying, exclusive contracts, price-parity clauses, and discriminatory access to platforms as anti-competitive (but also explain in what circumstances they are likely to be beneficial). It also offers a framework to address mergers and acquisitions of smaller and/or potential competitors, to evaluate their possible anti-competitive and pro-competitive effects and to identify when they should be approved and when not. The course includes a review of a number of high-profile cases of abuse of dominance and anti-competitive agreements, from the older Microsoft and Intel cases, to more recent cases involving online travel agencies, e-books,... [-]

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Data Science Winter School provides training in data analysis and machine learning with Python. ... [+]

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This is an intensive 12-hour course that takes place in four 3-hour sessions over a weekend in January 2020 at the Barcelona GSE's Ciutadella Campus.

The approach is hands-on using Jupyter notebooks. All material is motivated by specific information retrieval and data analysis questions, and each thematic unit concludes with a small project.

The course is evaluated by a 1-hour test that will be carried out at the end of the course.

Participant profile

The course is addressed to:

Master and PhD students Professionals Researchers and academics Key benefits

Participants will get a quick, condensed and hands-on introduction to programming and data analysis with Python, fundamental methods in modern Statistics and Machine Learning and the tools in Python for implementing them.... [-]

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September 2020
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Competition Economics: Abuse of Dominance will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies ... [+]

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Abuse of dominance (or monopolization) is certainly the most debated area in competition policy. Recent cases in several jurisdictions around the world have only increased the interest of scholars and practitioners. In Europe, for instance, the path-breaking Intel judgment gives centrality to (and obliges competition agencies to deal with) economic analysis in abuse cases; the Google shopping decision by the European Commission calls into question the possible abusive practices of the dominant platforms which pervade our life; and excessive price cases in the pharmaceutical industry address a worldwide problem but also raise questions about whether competition authorities may end up acting as price regulators.... [-]

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September 2020
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Energy Economics: Current Methods and Policy Challenges serves as a forum for participants to discuss the main challenges facing the ... [+]

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The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Energy Economics: Current Methods and Policy Challenges serves as a forum for participants to discuss the main challenges facing the energy sector. The course also provides participants with a deep understanding of the main concepts and tools needed to analyze the performance of energy markets. Relevant global regulatory experiences in the energy sector are used to illustrate the main topics of the course.

The faculty includes leading academic economists and practitioners with extensive expertise in the area.

Key benefits

Energy markets are at a crossroads. Technology change is having a dramatic impact in the energy industry: the contribution of renewable energies has grown rapidly during the last five years, and new sources of gas are been found. This poses new challenges for market design and environmental policy. Energy has to be affordable, sustainable and secure and yet no single country or region has found the recipe to achieve this triple objective. Do electricity markets fail and if so why? Do regulators need new instruments to guide investment incentives and if so which? How should the efforts towards increasing energy efficiency be undertaken? Is retail competition in the energy sector feasible and desirable? The regulatory debate in electricity markets is as open and exciting as ever.... [-]

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

In the Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Investing in Private Equity: Valuation and Financing of SMEs, we explore how SMEs should be valued and financed, and the role tha ... [+]

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Small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the European economy. 99.8% of enterprises which operate in the EU-28 non-financial business sector are SMEs, accounting for 67% of total employment.

In the Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Investing in Private Equity: Valuation and Financing of SMEs, we explore how SMEs should be valued and financed, and the role that private equity investors can play alongside traditional banks in promoting the growth of SMEs.

Participants will acquire the conceptual tools that are required for the valuation of SMEs and will learn how different forms of financing can be employed to maximize enterprise value. Sessions will also cover M&As of SMEs and the issues that investors face when restructuring SMEs in distress.... [-]

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis provides participants (economists, lawyers and practitioners working for firms or in a ... [+]

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A team of leading academics and practitioners will walk you through the latest methods for analyzing competition cases.

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis provides participants (economists, lawyers, and practitioners working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of recent empirical methods to measure market power and competition, with applications to market definition, merger analysis, and damages from anticompetitive conduct.

The program’s faculty includes some of the leading academic economists in the area of industrial organization and competition policy and practitioners with extensive experience on quantitative methods in competition cases.... [-]

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September 2020
English
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3 days
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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on the Competitive Effects of Mergers will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with ... [+]

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In a moment in which all over the world there are concerns of growing industrial concentration and increasing market power by firms, some are calling for antitrust authorities to be stricter when they vet mergers, while others defend the current standards. The ensuing discussion touches upon issues which are often very technical and may not be easy to understand.

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on the Competitive Effects of Mergers will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of the crucial role of competition enforcement in merger control, by looking at established and new economic theories on mergers, the relevant empirical methods, as well as providing insightful discussions on recent high-profile merger cases in Europe and the US.... [-]

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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Unconventional Monetary Policy’s faculty includes some of the leading academics and economists in the area of monetary policy, with ... [+]

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In recent years, after reducing their reference interest rates at nearly 0%, most central banks designed a variety of novel monetary policy tools to fight recessions, including communication strategies, credit policies, and large-scale asset purchases. These new measures often referred to as “unconventional” monetary policies. The objective of this course is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of the state-of-the-art research on different types of unconventional policies, of their costs and benefits, and of their effects on financial and aggregate economic variables.

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Unconventional Monetary Policy’s faculty includes some of the leading academics and economists in the area of monetary policy, with extensive experience in policymaking institutions such as the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank. Instructors include:... [-]

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