Seed Grants

BSE Seed Grants support the scientific development of our researchers, in particular the junior researchers among the BSE Affiliated Professors.

Seed Grants finance specific activities, such as hiring a research assistant, obtaining a data set or running an experiment, that will lead to the initiation or completion of a specific project. Proposals that lay the foundation for future grant applications from other sources are particularly welcomed.

To date, 93 BSE Seed Grants have been awarded to 67 Affiliated Professors. The most recent grant recipients and their projects are listed below.


BSE Seed Grants 2022

Researcher BSE Unit Project Title
Pau Milan UAB Local Insurance: A Network Theory of Risk Sharing and New Challenges for Development Policies
Luis Eduardo Rojas UAB Strategic Business Accounting
Albert Banal-Estanol UPF Private common ownership networks in the pharmaceutical industry
Nan Jiang  UPF Do Organizations Search for Fit in their Hiring Process? Evidence from Job Posting Data
Stefano Falcone IAE Left-wing political extremism: Roots and Persistence
Theodor Vladasel UPF Incentives and Effort Allocation in Social Enterprises
André Gröger UAB Remote sensing of building damage in civil war zones using computer vision
Dmitry Kuvshinov UPF Capital flows and asset prices
Ursula Mello IAE Lifetime Earnings Inequality and Intergenerational Transmission in the Top of the Distribution
Thomas Neuber UPF Egocentrism in prosocial behavior and norm interpretation
Fernando Payro UAB An Axiomatic Approach to the Law of Small Numbers
Rodrigo Carril UPF Public Versus Private
Hanna Wang  UAB  Minimum Wages, Fertility and Health (joint with Jere Behrmann [UPenn] and Farhan Majid [IMPAQ])
Björn Richter UPF Accounting for Financial Crises

Seed Grant recipients in previous editions

Seed Grants 2021
Researcher BSE Unit Project Title
Marco Fabbri UPF Land Titling and Conflicts: Evidence from a Land Tenure Reform Implemented as a Randomized Control-Trial
Rosa Ferrer UPF Measuring Demand and Supply of Audiovisual Content and its Regulation
Alexander Frug UPF Time Management and Optimal Scheduling of Attention
Mohammad Ghaderi UPF Robust Discrete Choice Model
Andre Groeger UAB Raising Boys and Girls: Gender Gaps in Child Development
Priit Jeenas UPF Fiscal Policy with Firm Heterogeneity and Financial Frictions
Dmitry Kuvshinov UPF Safe Assets in the Long-run International Perspective
Ursula Mello IAE-CSIC Heterogenous Impacts of Local Labor Market Shocks on Gender Inequality Over the Life Cycle
Joan Monràs UPF Public Good Provision and the Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity
Minyoung Rho UAB The Mortgage Trap: Economic and Social Implications of the Lack of Personal Bankruptcy in Spain
Björn Richter UPF Foreign Capital and Household Credit Expansions
Alberto Santini UPF Sustainable Integrated Last-mile Delivery
Mikhail Spektor UPF Human Learning: Fast = Slow?
Hanna Wang UAB Fixed-term Contracts, Fertility and the Gender Wage Gap
Seed Grants 2018
Researcher BSE Unit Project Title
Elisa Alòs UPF Asymptotic Analysis in Rough Volatility Models
Vladimir Asriyan CREI Collateral Booms and Information Depletion
Isaac Baley UPF Aggregate Dynamics in Lumpy Economies
Gert Cornelissen UPF Objectification: Unforeseen Effects of the “Thumb Culture”?
Jésica de Armas UPF Logistics Optimization for the Home Health and Social Care Services
Javier Fernández Blanco UAB 1. Job Automation, Domestic Migration and Occupational Mobility
2. Frictions in International Trade and Housing and Labor Markets
Andre Groeger UAB Digital Trace Data for Measurement and Prediction of Migration, Production and Trade Networks
Gianmarco León UPF Vertical Pay Differentials on Worker Productivity: Evidence from the health worker program in Sierra Leone
Antonio Miralles UAB Optimal Auctions Under Behavioral Traits
Daniel Navarro-Martínez UPF Bridging the Gap Between the Lab and the Field: The Case of the Dictator Game
Victoria Vanasco CREI 1. Strategic Complexity
2. Market Opacity, Liquidity, and Quality
3. Aggregate Liquidity Cycles
Piotr Zwiernik UPF Gaussian Graphical Models, Total Positivity, and Bayesian Testing
Seed Grants 2017
Researcher BSE Unit Project Title
Elisa Alòs UPF Robust Semiparametric Pricing and Hedging Methods for Path-dependent Contingent Claims
Albert Banal-Estañol UPF Who Partners with Whom in the UK Startup Ecosystem?
Christopher Busch UAB Income Dynamics Over the Life Cycle and Assortative Mating and Insurance Against Income Risk
Gert Cornelissen UPF Recipes for Success: They taste good, but are they healthy?
Miguel Espinosa UPF Specialization in the Knowledge Economy
Alexander Frug UPF Training with Strategic Feedback
Albrecht Glitz UPF Why Spy?
Andre Groeger UAB The Formation of Migrant Networks, Behavioral Biases and Remittance Decision-Making
Joachim Jungherr IAE-CSIC The Long-term Debt Accelerator
Antonio Miralles UAB Pseudomarkets and Outside Options in School Choice
Maria Petrova UPF Corporal Punishment in Schools, Pro-social Behavior, and Populist Support
Amedeo Piolatto UAB Strategic Voting, Transfers and Bailouts in a Federation
Luis Rojas UAB A Database of Investment and Innovation at the Firm Level
Seed Grants 2016
Researcher BSE Unit Project Title
Larbi Alaoui UPF Limited Reasoning, Internal Conflict and Endogenous Discounting
Ruben Durante UPF Independence and Quality of Mass Media in the Internet Age
Mircea Epure UPF Organizations and Culture: Governance Models and Performance Differences in Crisis
Javier Fernández-Blanco UAB Labor Markets and International Trade
Angela Fiedler UAB Biased Expectations and Skill Mismatch: An Experimental Study
Christian Fons-Rosen UPF Developing and Applying a Platform Tool for the Economics of Science
Luca Fornaro CREI Aggregate Demand Externalities in a Global Liquidity Trap
Manuel García-Santana UPF Public Sector Projects, Finance, and Aggregate Productivity: Evidence from Matched Bank-Firm-Procurement Data
Gianmarco León UPF Understanding the Teacher’s Labor Market
Joan Llull UAB The Labor Market Consequences of Selective Immigration Policies
Christian Michel UPF Assessing the Impact of Organizational and Financial Structure on Industry Behavior
Pau Milán  UAB Investigating Constraints on Informal Risk-sharing Theoretically and Empirically
Hannes Mueller IAE-CSIC Quantifying Diplomatic Action
Dávid Krisztián Nagy CREI Growth and Trade in a World of Cities
Luigi Pascali UPF Sentiment Analysis, Based on Book Titles and Book Content
Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis UAB Social Insurance Barriers to Structural Transformation
Edouard Schaal CREI Optimal Transport Networks in Spatial Equilibrium
Seed Grants 2014
Researcher BSE Unit Project Title
Larbi Alaoui UPF The Effect of Incentives on Individuals’ Reasoning Processes in Strategic Settings
Elisa Alòs UPF Numerical Problems in Finance
Jose Apesteguia UPF Random Choice Under Risk
Vladimir Asriyan CREI Dynamic Markets for Lemons With Informational Spillovers
Albert Banal-Estanol UPF Team Formation and Key Drivers of Success
Régis Barnichon CREI How Hard Can You Push on a String? Measuring the Non-linear Effects of Monetary Policy
Caterina Calsamiglia UAB Structural Estimation of a Model of School Choice: Comparing the Boston Mechanism and Its Alternatives
Enriqueta Camps UPF Globalization, Inequality and Gender Inequality and Implications for the Study of Living Standards and Demography
Sekyu Choi UAB The Effects of Biased Technological Shocks and Internal Us Migration / How Access to Early Communication Technologies (Telegraph, Railroads) Affected Mobility, Both Geographical and in Terms of Lifetime Occupation Paths
Ruben Enikolopov UPF The Effect of Social Media on Political Participation
Susanna Esteban UAB Market Implications of Self-control Preferences
Christian Fons-Rosen UPF Identification of Air Pollution
Luca Fornaro CREI Financial Intermediation and Inequality Over the Business Cycle
Stephen E. Hansen UPF Measuring Private Information of Central Bankers with Media Text Data
Gaël Le Mens UPF Information Sampling in Coordination Games: an Experimental Investigation
Gianmarco León-Ciliotta UPF Civil Conflict, Informal Institutions and Long Term Development
Omar Licandro IAE-CSIC The Dynamics of Productivity at the Firm Level
Joan Llull UAB Unemployment and Population Growth
Daniel Navarro-Martínez UPF Uncertainty Regulation in Decision Making
Helena Perrone UPF Gender Differences in Academic Performance
Maria Petrova UPF Money and Politics: Individual Incentives and Aggregate Implications
Giacomo A.M. Ponzetto CREI Gunsmiths in 32 European Countries From 1400 to 1900
Pedro Rey-Biel UAB Gender Economics
Tomás Rodriguez Barraquer UAB Peer Effects in Education and Dynamic Network Formation
Seed Grants 2013
Researcher BSE Unit Project Title
Larbi Alaoui UPF Internal Conflict Between an Individual’s Present and Future Selves
Albert Banal-Estanol UPF Institutional Holdings, Common Ownership and Product Market Competition
Caterina Calsamiglia UAB Effects of Flexible Start School Age on Student Academic Performance
Francesco Fasani IAE-CSIC Employment Assimilation of (Undocumented) Immigrants: Understanding the Role of Segregation
Albrecht Glitz UPF The Economics of Espionage
Javier Gómez Biscarri UPF Accrual and Transaction Earnings Management Under Principles and Rules: an Experiment on the Effects of Reputation and Explicit Enforcement
Gianmarco León-Ciliotta UPF Social Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence From a CCT in Peru
Stephan Litschig UPF Legislative Institution and Allocation of Community Resources
Hannes Mueller IAE Civil Wars Risk and Weapon Imports
Luigi Pascali UPF The Wind of Change: Maritime Technology, Trade and Economic Development
José-Luis Peydró UPF Housing Wealth, Debt and Consumption
Pedro Rey-Biel UAB Gender Experimental Economics
Marta Reynal-Querol UPF Restud + Natural Disasters + Old Civil Conflicts

The Seed Grants are one of the BSE research initiatives supported by the Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Program (CEX2019-000915-S) through Spain's State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación - AEI). 

The BSE has been accredited as a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence in all three editions of the program (2012-15, 2016-19, and 2020-23).