Grants from "la Caixa" Foundation support BSE research on socioeconomic well-being

"la Caixa" Foundation

The Barcelona School of Economics has announced the recipients of the third edition of the "la Caixa" Foundation Research Grants on Socioeconomic Well-being for BSE Affiliated Professors.

The "la Caixa" Foundation Grants are selected from a competitive call to the BSE Affiliated Professors. Projects are evaluated by a Scientific Committee of experts and chosen for their cutting-edge methodologies and direct implications for individuals and societies.

Since the first call three years ago, 15 projects led by 18 principal investigators have been funded by these grants. The recipients in the 2019 call are:

  • Isaac Baley (UPF and BSE), "Worker Reallocation, Occupational Mismatch, and Business Cycles"
  • Christopher Busch (UAB, MOVE and BSE), "Assortative Mating and Joint Income Dynamics of Couples"
  • Andrea Caggese (UPF and BSE), "The Effects of Firm-Level Uncertainty on Firm Employment Decisions"
  • Barbara Rossi (ICREA-UPF and BSE), "A New Approach to Estimate the Effects of Conventional and Unconventional Monetary Policy"
  • Victoria Vanasco (CREI, UPF and BSE), "Understanding and Regulating Complexity in Markets"

Ground-breaking contributions and international recognition

While the third round of grants is just getting underway, the projects funded in the first edition (2017) are now reporting their results. Some of the contributions from these projects will help us understand:

  • The effects of public policies on child benefits, abortion, and paternity leave on child development
  • Potential consequences of tax reforms, regulations of health and pension plans, and the design of financial markets because of how people confront risk in their lives
  • How to gather data on violent conflict in an automatized way using satellite imagery
  • How skilled immigration differently affects the labor market relative to general immigration
  • The relationship between the demand side of the economy and productivity growth

The researchers have used ground-breaking methodologies and data sets to achieve their objectives. The questions posed in their projects were so ambitious and complex that most will continue beyond the scope of the original grants. Three of the principal investigators have been awarded prestigious European Research Council grants to extend their work on these topics. Other examples of international recognition for the work being done include fellowships from institutions such as the European Central Bank and invitations to present before government agencies and top Economics departments around the world.

Read the full report on "la Caixa" Foundation grant projects 2017

See all "la Caixa" Foundation Research Grants on Socioeconomic Well-being

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