15th BSE "Trobada" welcomes new affiliated professors

The 15th annual Economics "Trobada" took place on October 20, 2017 at the IAE-CSIC on the campus of Universitat Autònoma Barcelona (UAB). Around 70 BSE affiliated professors, students, and friends participated in this yearly academic gathering where three new affiliated professors presented their research.

Welcome to seven new BSE affiliated professors

The "Trobada" is the first opportunity for new affiliated professors to meet the entire BSE research community. This year, seven new affiliated professors joined the BSE academic units:


Christopher Busch (UAB, MOVE and BSE)

PhD, University of Cologne


Jésica de Armas (UPF and BSE)

PhD in Computer Science, Universidad de La Laguna


Miguel Espinosa (UPF and BSE)

PhD, London School of Economics


Andre Groeger (UAB and BSE)

PhD, Goethe University Frankfurt


Antonio Penta (UPF and BSE)

PhD, University of Pennsylvania


Amedeo Piolatto (UAB and BSE)

PhD, Toulouse School of Economics


Alberto Santini (UPF and BSE)

PhD, University of Bologna


Presentations were given by the following members of the faculty on their latest research:

  • Christopher Busch (UAB, MOVE and BSE), “Individual Income Dynamics, Decisions, and Insurance Against Income Risk
  • Andre Groeger (UAB and BSE), “Easy Come, Easy Go? Economic Shocks, Labor Migration and the Family Left Behind”
  • Antonio Penta (UPF and BSE), “Digital Marketing Agencies and Collusive Bidding in Online Ad Auctions” with F. Decarolis (EIEF) and M. Goldmanis (Royal Holloway)
  • Edouard Schaal (CREI, UPF and BSE), “Optimal Transport Networks in Spatial Equilibrium”

A presentation was also given on the Data Science in Economics initiative. The participants included Stephen Hansen (University of Oxford), Omiros Papaspiliopoulos (UPF and BSE) and David Rossell (UPF and BSE). The presentation was split into three themes:

Theme I: Prediction with Heterogenous Data

Theme II: Causal inference with Big Data

Theme III: Reinforcement Learning


Below is a short summary video of the event:

The 15th BSE Trobada was gratefully supported by the financial support of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, through the Severo Ochoa Excellence Program.

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