Xavier Freixas



PhD, Université de Toulouse

Xavier Freixas is Emeritus Professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Emeritus Research Professor of the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE). He is Research Fellow at CEPR. He is Chairman of the Risk Based Regulation Program of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and past president of the European Finance Association.

Professor Freixas 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 Fundación de Estudios de Economía Aplicada FEDEA), and 1989-91, 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.

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, and others). Professor Freixas is known 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.

Awards, Grants, and Honors
  • Rei Jaume I Prize 2018
  • Institut d’Estudis Financers award 2013
  • ICREA Academia award to research excellence, 2010
  • Distinction of Generalitat de Catalunya to the promotion of the university research (2002-2008)
  • Barclays Global Investors (BGI) Michael Brennan Award
  • Best papers published in Volume 19 of The Review of Financial Studies
  • P.D. Jacobs 1998 prize for the most significant paper published in the Journal of Financial Intermediation

Working Papers


Recognition Program

Open Access       Marcela Eslava and Xavier Freixas

Public Development Banks and Credit Market Imperfections

Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Vol.53, No 5, 1121–1149, August 2021, 10.1111/jmcb.12807
Open Access
Xavier Freixas and David Perez-Reyna

Optimal macroprudential policy and rational bubbles

Journal of Financial Intermediation, Vol.46, April 2021, 10.1016/j.jfi.2021.100908
Xavier Freixas

Credit Growth, Rational Bubbles and Economic Efficiency

Comparative Economic Studies, Vol.60, No 1, 87-104, March 2018, 10.1057/s41294-018-0054-8