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  • Title: Students - Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: FAQ.. News.. Events.. Home.. ».. » Student Profile.. Admissions.. Student Resources.. News & Media.. Master in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets.. Student Profile 2013-14.. Intake of students: 18.. Nationalities: 11.. Average age: 25 years.. Academic Background.. Economics/Finance.. 72%.. Management/Business.. 17%.. Social Sciences/Law.. 6%.. Mathematics/Engineering.. 5%.. Years of Work Experience Prior to Entering the Master Program.. Geographic Origin of Students by Region.. Europe (non-Spanish).. 67%.. Most represented countries.. (# students):.. Italy (6), Spain (3).. Spain.. Africa, Asia, Oceania.. 11%.. North America.. Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program Overview.. Meet your classmates.. Muntasir Iqbal 14.. Home Town:.. Dhaka, Bangladesh.. My background.. Bachelor in Economics and Finance,.. University of Hong Kong.. Why I chose Barcelona  ...   well as tools useful in solving real world problems in the workplace.. Living and experiencing life in Barcelona was also a great contributing factor.. My career plans.. I intend to join a think tank or institution related to policy formulation, most preferably a central bank or The World Bank.. Academic backgrounds of students include:.. Bachelor in Economics.. University of Utrecht (Netherlands).. Master in Economics.. University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria).. Professional backgrounds include:.. Central Bank of Hungary.. Analyst.. UBS AG (Switzerland).. Private Clients Advisor.. World Bank, Uruguay.. Junior Professional Associate.. Class Profile (all programs).. Join this master program.. Share this page:.. Director's Letter.. Description.. Director.. Courses.. Student Profile.. Alumni Outlook.. Contact GSE..

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  • Title: Alumni Placement - Macroeconomics, Financial Markets - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: » Alumni Outlook.. Simply understanding how to use a certain model is not enough the new economic times call for professionals who have a greater understanding of the factors involved in creating the model in the first place.. Albert Marcet.. Scientific Director.. Alumni Outlook.. Class of 2012.. Carlos de Sousa.. Research Assistant for European Macroeconomics.. Bruegel.. The first project I worked on at Bruegel was a very influential policy brief: The fiscal implications of a banking union.. Taking into account my background, coming from Latin America, it was really impressive to me when I realized that policy makers at the European Commission who are designing legislation for the emerging Banking Union were taking our work into account just a couple of days after its publication.. Eye on Alumni Interview.. Carlos Martínez Sarnago.. Economist, Financial Markets Unit.. la Caixa Savings Bank.. As an Economist within the Financial Markets Unit at the Research Department, my main responsibilities range from monitoring the evolution and performance of Equity, Fixed Income, Currency and Credit markets on a daily basis to the elaboration of reports on financial and macro-related topics.. In addition to analyzing the dynamics of financial markets and current and future macroeconomic scenarios, my current posting enables me to carry out applied research on specific topics in finance and macroeconomics and produce pieces of research to be published both internal and externally.. To me, this is a worthwhile experience in and of itself as I can now employ much of my educational and professional experienced acquired thus far.. Michele Rimini.. Consultant.. OECD.. The Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets master program provided me with the right mindset to work in policy, by stressing the importance of being inquisitive, persistent, and collaborative among other things and make them part of your set of skills.. Eye on Alumni Interview.. Class of 2011.. Sascha Bützer.. Trainee.. European Central Bank.. Directorate General International and European Relations.. My tasks at ECB include the estimation of equilibrium exchange rates, contributions to the ECB s annual The international role of the euro report and the implementation of a dynamic factor model to forecast economic developments in non-EU countries.. In this regard, I have to give credit to the Barcelona GSE macroeconomics master for the excellent preparation to tackle the manifold research opportunities I am encountering at ECB.. And to the Barcelona GSE s reputation of equipping students  ...   goal.. Hung Tran Kieu.. Head of Fixed Income Desk.. Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam.. The Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets master degree at Barcelona GSE has helped me much in my present profession as a rate trader for the Bank for Investment and Development of Vietnam (BIDV), one of the biggest commercial banks in Vietnam.. My responsibilities include managing and restructuring bond portfolios to optimize profit and minimize risks.. In order to do that, I need to have a deep assessment of macroeconomic indicators and know the financial market well.. I am also involved in activities such as bond issuance, underwriting, and sales.. Class of 2010.. Marjan Aikimbaeva.. Microfinance Consultant.. Fundación Paraguaya.. Right now I am conducting an impact analysis for the entire organization.. I will be calculating the effectiveness of Fundación Paraguaya s programs on the elimination of poverty in Paraguay.. Everything I learned last year in the master program enables me to do such analysis.. In fact, this project will be an improved version of my grad project for GSE.. Class of 2009.. Jakub Demski.. Statistical Analyst.. Bank for International Settlements.. Giovanni Gili.. Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy Department.. Intern.. Banca d Italia.. I am assigned to the Economic Outlook and Monetary Policy Department and I am currently working on a project about the housing market.. The goal is to build some affordability indexes that enable to measure the burden for a median (average) household to buy a house in Italy.. alumni top.. Master in Macroeconomic Policy.. and Financial Markets.. - Class of 2013.. Career paths for Barcelona GSE graduates in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets.. Potential employers include:.. Research departments in financial institutions.. International institutions.. Government agencies.. Financial operators in the private sector.. Professional placements include:.. Banc Sabadell.. Banco Espírito Santo.. Banco Santander.. Central Bank of Paraguay.. Citigroup.. McKinsey Company.. Neo Metrics Consulting.. State Bank of Vietnam.. UBS.. Postgraduate institutions include:.. New York University.. Stockholm School of Economics.. Toulouse School of Economics.. Universidad Carlos III.. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.. University of Groningen.. University of Rochester.. Information for all master programs:.. Career Outlook Report.. Professional Placements.. PhD Program Placements.. Barcelona GSE Alumni Friends.. Companies and Recruiters.. If you are a GSE alum and would like to send us your updated professional or academic career information, please do so via the.. GSE Alumni Directory submission form.. Class Photo Archive - Barcelona GSE..

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  • Title: Master Degree - Macroeconomic Policy - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: » Description.. This master not only provides students with rigorous training in theoretical background but also equips them with the tools needed for empirical analysis performed by practitioners.. Zoltan Vasary 09.. Practice Expert, Global Banking Pools.. McKinsey Company.. Description and Structure.. Master program description.. Policymakers are often forced to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty that have a direct impact on a country s overall performance.. A thorough understanding of the dynamics of the aggregate economy is necessary, but not entirely sufficient, for success.. Private firms must also be knowledgeable of the many sources of aggregate risk and uncertainty, and the analytical tools available to study the aggregate economy can be of much help.. Students in the Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets master program will obtain relevant knowledge about the central issues in macroeconomic and financial economics analysis, as well as the key tools, data and models.. Many government institutions now use models and techniques developed recently and not yet taught in most undergraduate courses.. Its use has also spread to the private sector, where investment banks and consulting firms increasingly utilize them.. Some examples are DSGE models, VAR s, and ARCH.. Students will learn not only how to use these modeling and statistical techniques but also how they are actually applied by government agencies and private financial firms.. Most central banks and many other government agencies throughout the world are establishing groups that build their forecasts by means of these techniques.. More generally, investment banks and consulting firms are interested in professionals who have gained a good understanding of the functioning of  ...   December), Winter term (from January to March) and Spring term (from April to June).. For more information, please download the.. academic calendar.. Students will be required to do an applied project during the second and third terms.. Students in this master are required to take the Math and Statistics Review course and the Computer Tools course offered in September.. All students are required to pass the exams for these two courses.. Given the applied/quantitative nature of the master program, students will need a laptop.. More information is available on the.. Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets courses page.. Credits.. The degree requires the successful completion of 60 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits of graduate courses (6 credits are equivalent to a 40 hour course), some compulsory and some elective.. The students final program must be discussed with and approved by their Master Director.. Grades.. The academic performance of each student is reviewed regularly.. Attention is given to the maintenance of normal academic progress, through a combination of formal written examinations and coursework.. Core courses will award grades.. Some optional courses may be evaluated on a pass/fail or pass with honors/pass/fail basis.. Campus.. The Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets master is located at the.. Bellaterra campus.. at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.. The UAB s self-contained campus offers students all of the services they need in their day-to-day lives and is an easy half-hour train ride from the city center.. Application Deadlines.. Social Media.. Masters Brochure.. [pdf].. Academic Calendar.. Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly by:.. Program Details and Structure.. All GSE Master Programs..

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  • Title: Director - Macroeconomics - Masters - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: » Director Biography.. A letter to prospective students.. from Prof.. Francesc Obiols, Program Director.. and Prof.. Albert Marcet, Scientific Director.. If you have a keen interest in a career in policy design, an excellent work ethic, and the desire to further your professional training while enjoying one of Europe s hippest cities, then this could be the master program for you.. Director Letter.. Francesc Obiols.. Program Director.. earned his PhD in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (1996).. He has an Associate Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona since 2007.. Before that he held assistant professorships at the UAB and Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).. He was the recipient of a Ramón y Cajal Fellowship from 2005-2007.. His work has been published in journals such as.. Review of Economic Dynamics, Journal of Monetary Economics, Economic Theory,.. and.. Journal of Money Credit and Banking.. He has also served as a referee for.. Applied Economics, International Economic Review, Journal of Macroeconomics,.. Scandinavian Journal of Economics.. , among others.. Obiols  ...   the Institut d Anàlisi Econòmica, a professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (1990-2003) and at Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh (1986-1992).. He has been a visitor at the ECB, London Business School, CEMFI (Madrid), the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and the Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona.. His main areas of research are macroeconomics, fiscal policy, solution methods of dynamic models, financial economics and learning models.. Email:.. a.. marcet@lse.. ac.. uk.. Selected Research by Francesc Obiols.. On borrowing limits and welfare.. Review of Economic Dynamics.. (forthcoming).. Incomplete markets, labor supply, and capital accumulation (with A.. Marcet and P.. Weil).. Journal of Monetary Economics.. 54, 2621-2635, 2007.. Transitional dynamics and the distribution of assets (with C.. Urrutia).. Economic Theory.. , 25, 381-400, 2005.. Selected Research by Albert Marcet.. Debt and Deficit Fluctuations and the Structure of Bond Markets (with A.. Scott).. Journal of Economic Theory.. , Vol.. 144, N.. 2, 473-501, March 2009.. Fiscal Insurance and Debt Management in OECD Economies (with E.. Faraglia and A.. Economic Journal.. , 118, 363-386, 2008..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Marcos Casarin - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-mcasarin-oxford-economics.. Barcelona GSE.. Alumni Friends.. GSE alumni go on to apply their intense training in economics and finance around the world in a variety of fields.. Eye on Alumni interviews offer a glimpse of life (and work) after graduation.. Eye on Alumni: Marcos Casarin 12.. Marcos Casarin (.. ) is an economist at Oxford Economics in London.. He was pleased to find himself using theoretical concepts from the master program in his daily work.. Tell us how you got the job at Oxford Economics.. I started working here in September 2012 after graduating from the master program.. As I joined Oxford Economics Graduate Scheme, the selection process started back in January when they replied to my email inviting me to an interview in their headquarters in Oxford.. Then, I joined another interview this time at the London office, where I currently work.. Once I passed these two rounds, I did a Skype interview with the CEO of the company to arrange the details of the offer.. In total, the process takes about four months.. My main advice for those who want to apply for Oxford Economics Graduate Scheme is to do it early.. We participate in a few recruitment fairs at top graduate schools in the UK and we advise candidates to apply before Christmas.. What are your main responsibilities?.. As an economist within the Global macro forecasting team, my main responsibility is to monitor and forecast the economies of Brazil and Portugal.. On the forecasting side, I have been recently involved in Oxford Economics Global Scenarios Services, which involves simulating the behavior of the economy under alternative scenarios using our Global Economic Model.. Apart from that, I also undertake ad-hoc consultancy projects and client presentations on a broad range of topics such as: investigating trade and financial linkages between Latin American economies, credit conditions in the Eurozone,  ...   the first term of the Master in Economics clearly helped me to get the job done!.. How else has the master prepared you for your professional career?.. Given that I joined the macro team and that I have to deal with our global forecasting model pretty much every day, Macroeconomics, Macroeconometrics and Topics in Macro Finance have been the most useful courses for me.. Nontheless, to be able to navigate through the foundations of economic theory has been particularly helpful to develop my economic thinking as well.. A positive surprise I had is that I use a lot of the things I learnt at Barcelona GSE in my day-to-day work! So for those who think the program in Economics might be too academic (including myself), after working with applied macroeconomics I can say that all the theory I learnt at Barcelona GSE has provided me with the ability to produce high-quality economic analysis in the real world.. Even though the master is very intense, I miss every single moment of it.. It is a unique opportunity to share one year of your life with the top economists of your generation! And this makes a difference no matter if you decide to work in consultancy, financial markets, policy making or in academia.. Barcelona GSE Alumni Friends Home.. Eye on Alumni Interviews.. Marcos Casarin 12.. Home town:.. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.. Current city:.. London, UK.. Employer:.. Oxford Economics.. Job Title:.. Economist.. Where are other Barcelona GSE economics alumni working and studying?.. Which Barcelona GSE alumni are working in consulting firms?.. GSE Alumni Friends.. Alumni Career Paths.. Alumni Doctoral Study.. GSE Alumni Network on LinkedIn.. Suggest a classmate or share your own story!.. The next edition of Eye on Alumni could feature you or one of your classmates.. Tell us which Barcelona GSE graduate you think we should interview next.. placement@barcelonagse.. eu..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Samuel Chapman - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-schapman12-federal-reserve-cleveland.. Eye on Alumni: Samuel Chapman 12.. Samuel Chapman (.. Master in International Trade, Finance and Development.. ) is a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland in the United States.. The master prepared him for his work at the Fed by teaching him to perform independent research and to approach new economic topics in an organized way.. You started at the Fed just a few weeks after graduating from the Barcelona GSE.. What steps did you take to get the job?.. The first step was finding people in various industries I was interested in applying to in order to learn about how they arrived at that position.. While speaking to various people and learning as much as possible about various career paths I analyzed my own strengths and weaknesses to see if I could see myself working in this position years down the road (after the initial happiness from landing a job wore off).. It was important for me to first understand my own strengths and weaknesses in order to find a position that I would be able to positively contribute to as well as be happy with.. Many jobs dropped off the list after I became realistic in my own career goals.. Personally, I knew I wanted to move into a research role in order to use and further the skills I had obtained at GSE.. I did not want to move into a PhD right away as I was still unsure of my specific area of interest in economics.. The RA position was a great way for me to obtain exposure to a wide range of research in a department as well as use my analytical and theoretical knowledge of economics.. What characteristics should a candidate have in order to be successful?.. A good candidate should be confident in their skills and have a good understanding of the job they are applying for.. Being able to firmly and directly state how they can contribute to a position as well as learn from (and advance their career path) is a very good quality to have.. At one point, I was applying for jobs simply to get a job and I did not necessarily see myself happy in this position or contributing.. I did not hear anything back from these employers and in retrospect, I am not surprised.. Having a clear understanding of what you want to give (as well as take) from a job was important.. I did a lot of research on the RA position and found very specific ways in which I would contribute and grow within the bank.. How important do you think previous experience is in order to obtain a position as yours in the Federal Reserve?.. Very important.. The experiences do not need to be directly relevant, however.. I worked in telecom sales prior to being an RA and the position did not use any economics or math.. However I learned valuable organizational and sales skills that would allow me to become more efficient and a better communicator in my new job.. Past experience is important, but again it goes back to being able to relate these experiences to a new position.. This goes with knowing your own strengths and weaknesses as well as knowing the position you are applying for.. I did have an internship at the Cleveland Fed five years ago, so that certainly did help me get a foot in the door.. The final decision, however, was my ability to show how I would positively contribute to the department s research.. What did you bring to the Fed from the Barcelona GSE master program?.. The first  ...   year +) to monthly trends papers analyzing shorter term changes.. I have thus far worked on papers regarding the US housing market, US credit market, US banking sector, and monetary policy.. The second is providing support and doing tasks for the research department as a whole.. This involves dissecting and analyzing new releases of economic indicators (to be released on the website to the public as well as circulated internally), monitoring regional and national news items to update our bank s president on the state of the economy on a daily basis (especially during FOMC meetings), writing our own trends or commentary on the economy (a generally less technical analysis of the economy aimed towards the general public), preparing and updating presentations for the economists, and creating the Beige Book.. The Beige Book is a report issued every 6 weeks that aims to create a firsthand account of the economy.. RA s will call out to heads of businesses in numerous different sectors to hear first-hand the state of the economy (looking for trends in labor markets, financing, prices, capital expenditures, etc.. ) in that particular industry.. Describe a typical day in the life of a Fed research analyst.. My daily tasks normally involve a mixture of longer term and shorter term projects.. I will have a longer term task assigned to me (e.. g.. find and clean data on abandoned properties within the 4th banking district) which normally have at least a week or two deadline minimum.. I will also have some shorter term projects (beige book, paragraph blurb on an economic indicator released that day, update slides for a presentation with new data, etc.. ).. The daily work is quite diverse and each day is different from others.. I may have an economist come to me and say they have to give a presentation on the labor market in a few weeks.. I will then spend a week or so creating a presentation on leading labor market indicators and help them obtain the information and data they need.. What has surprised me is the amount of freedom I have as an RA.. We have a lot of work to do but also a lot of time set aside for us to pursue our own research agendas.. The resources at the bank are vast and we are strongly encouraged to take additional classes at a nearby school, learn new programming, and write our own research.. The economist are available to help us learn more about an area of economics that we are interested in.. I would say about 15% of my time is dedicated to pursuing my own interests and ideas.. At this time last year, you were just starting the GSE master program.. What words of wisdom can you offer to the new class?.. Speak to the professors! All of the professors at GSE are very busy, but they will find time to speak to you if reach out to them.. It was wonderful sitting down and speaking with the professors about their areas of research, possible career paths, or simply the outcome of the recent football match.. Samuel Chapman 12.. Cleveland, OH (USA).. Federal Reserve of Cleveland.. Research Analyst.. Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.. Where are other Barcelona GSE trade, finance and development alumni working and studying?.. Which Barcelona GSE alumni are working in central banks?.. Master in International Trade, Finance and Development at Barcelona GSE.. Masters Brochure [pdf].. Barcelona GSE Alumni Friends.. GSE Alumni Career Paths.. Alumni Network on LinkedIn.. Who should we feature in the next interview?.. Nominate a colleague or share your own story for the next edition of Eye on Alumni..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Carlos de Sousa - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-cdesousa12-bruegel.. Eye on Alumni: Carlos de Sousa 12.. Carlos de Sousa (.. ) is a research assistant for European Macroeconomics at the Bruegel think tank in Brussels, Belgium, where his projects include policy briefs that help to shape the future of European banking legislation.. What have you been working on during your first six months at Bruegel?.. My main responsibility is to help the research fellows at Bruegel in the development of our publications, from blog posts to working papers, with the ultimate aim of improving economic policy in Europe.. Typical tasks involve working with data sets to produce graphs illustrating important points in a policy contribution, meeting with research fellows to discuss and organize our research, and writing content for policy briefs.. In fact, the first project I worked on at Bruegel was a very influential policy brief:.. The fiscal implications of a banking union.. We also had an exciting bit of news this week when we learned that Bruegel has been ranked the first think tank in Western Europe, second world-wide outside the United States, and first in International Economic Policy by the University of Pennsylvania in its 2012 Global Go To Think Tanks Report.. How did the Barcelona GSE master program help prepare you for this job?.. I m constantly using things we practiced in our courses on Empirical Macro and Empirical Finance, but also all the theory seen in our Macroeconomics, Fiscal Policy and Monetary Policy courses.. It s not like you have to work in a model with equations in the real world, but the framework of thought is always present  ...   Venezuela, I worked as a teaching assistant in macroeconomics; and for almost two years I worked as a macroeconomic analyst at Ecoanalitica, a private consultancy firm in Caracas.. While there I covered the evolution of sovereign credits and macroeconomic conditions for Venezuela, the Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Panama.. Any recommendations or insights for current students who want to work at Bruegel or other think tanks?.. The key to finding a job, not only in a think tank but pretty much everywhere, is to apply to as many jobs as you can find that are suitable to your profile.. Don t give up even after receiving 50 or more rejections in your email.. I know it is very frustrating to receive rejections in your inbox almost every day I went through that but I think persistence is the key in the current state of the European labor market.. What are your plans when your year at Bruegel is finished?.. I m planning to apply to the Barcelona GSE s reference PhD program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (.. GPEFM.. ).. Brussels is a very multicultural city and an especially comfortable place to live for expats, but it has a big drawback: the weather! I already went for a weekend trip to Barcelona in October because I miss it so much.. It was nice to go back to such an amazing city after living so many good moments in it.. Carlos de Sousa 12.. Caracas, Venezuela.. Brussels, Belgium.. Research Assistant.. Where are other Barcelona GSE macroeconomics alumni working and studying?.. Which Barcelona GSE alumni are working in research institutions?..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Carlos Martínez - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-cmartinez-lacaixa.. Eye on Alumni: Carlos Martínez Sarnago 12.. Carlos Martínez Sarnago (.. ) is Economist in the Financial Markets Unit of la Caixa Savings Bank s Research Department in Barcelona.. He says the master helped him develop the intuition and skills of a qualified economist.. What are your main responsibilities in this job?.. As an Economist within the Financial Markets Unit at the Research Department, my main responsibilities range from monitoring the evolution and performance of equity, fixed income, currency and credit markets on a daily basis to the elaboration of reports on several different financial and macro-related topics.. We also prepare executive presentations for the Board of Directors, the Chairman and other management committees of la Caixa.. Which concepts and tools from the master program are you using in your daily work?.. I find that many of the concepts and tools I learned during the Master in Macroeconomics are really valuable and useful when it comes to my daily work.. It is not that I have to go through dynamic stochastic Euler equations or the robustness of optimal capital taxation with heterogeneous agents in Lucas and Stokey s framework.. but, the understanding of theoretical models is crucial to further develop the intuition and skills of a qualified economist.. More specifically, subjects like Empirical Finance, Empirical Macroeconomics and of course Time-Series Econometrics have turned out to be of  ...   In addition to the experiences I was able to have after the master, my previous trainee positions at the Treasury, Asset Management Divisions within Banc Sabadell while pursuing my undergraduate studies were also extremely important.. There, I gained exposure to financial markets during an extremely volatile period.. Do you have any personal reflections or professional advice to share with current students?.. Although the year at the Barcelona GSE was very tough and intense, I miss it as much as the great people and excellent professors I met there!.. As for professional advice, I strongly advise Barcelona GSE current students to make the effort to apply to as many positions as possible.. Competition is extremely tough nowadays everywhere, specially within the financial sector.. I remember getting a nice amount of rejections when searching for job opportunities.. The more you diversify, the better your chances, so do not just apply to those positions you have been dreaming of since you were a kid.. It is hard sometimes to start working, for instance as a fund manager, if you do not have any prior relevant work experience in the field.. Focus, work hard and keep it up and something good will turn up soon!.. Carlos Martínez Sarnago 12.. Sabadell, Catalonia-Spain.. La Caixa Savings Bank.. Where are other Barcelona GSE macro alumni working and studying?.. Which Barcelona GSE alumni are working in banks?..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Sergio Rodriguez Apolinar - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-srodriguez-idb.. Eye on Alumni: Sergio Rodriguez Apolinar 12.. Sergio Rodriguez Apolinar (.. ) is a research fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC.. He works with macroeconomic data to produce estimations on fiscal policy and productivity.. What previous experience and coursework from the master program helped prepare you for this job?.. I knew about this kind of job because back in Colombia, the IDB fellowships were very well-known by young economists.. So I already knew that you have to go and look at the IDB webpage around the beginning of each semester in order to find the job opening.. Before coming to the Barcelona GSE, I was an economic analyst in the Economic Research Department of a private bank and an analyst at the Central Bank of Colombia.. My work consisted mainly of making forecasts, and I think that my experience with time-series econometrics and dealing with macroeconomic data was really appealing in the IDB selection process.. Before that I was research assistant at my former university for a project that basically compared development indicators among various developing economies.. In the interviews with the IDB staff they told me that experience with international databases such as the World Databank, Penn World Table and International Financial Statistics was very important when they decided on selecting me for this position.. However, it depends on the needs of the researcher or researchers that are interested in you.. The concepts that I learned in the Barcelona GSE courses on Macroeconomics, Trade and Economic Growth have been very useful so far.. The use of Stata is also very important, and I have to confess that I had my first approach to it when I took the course on Econometrics at Barcelona GSE.. Can you explain the IDB recruitment process?.. About two months after submitting your CV and references, you will have a series of about three phone interviews.. The first one is just a basic interview with a person from the Human Resource Department in order to check if you are comfortable with  ...   the test will involve running microeconometric models like fixed effects, difference in differences, logit, probit, etc.. If you chose macroeconomics or finance the tasks will involve doing some time series econometrics.. So my advice is to take a look at your closest Stata manual and do some exercises if you still are not very familiar with the program.. Describe what you do as a research fellow.. Most of the time you are working in Stata and Excel dealing with data (macroeconomic data in my case) in order to come up with calculations and estimations on mainly two topics: fiscal policy and productivity.. You may also have the possibility to work in other topics.. For example, right now I am also cooperating in doing some interviews with senior staff from development banks about their experiences in shaping industrial policies around the Latin American and the Caribbean region in comparison with some successful cases in advanced economies (like KfW in Germany).. This is like a reality check on what the role of a development bank is and should be.. Doing these interviews with people from the development banks I ve come to get introduced to very important people who are actually promoting development in developing countries, and that s inspiring.. It makes you think a lot about how development should be fostered.. How can working at an international organization like IDB fit into a young economist s career path?.. Working at an international organization like the IDB can open many career paths to you.. Here in the Research Department if you make a good impression you can get some top-level recommendations by renowned economists if you are planning to apply for a PhD.. If you are more the policy/applied type of person you still have a lot of better job opportunities either here at IDB or in our neighbors the World Bank, the IMF or the Brookings Institute.. Sergio Rodriguez Apolinar 12.. Villavicencio, Colombia.. Washington, DC (USA).. IDB.. Research Fellow.. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).. Which Barcelona GSE alumni are working in international organizations?..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Wischiro Keo - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-wkeo12-zurcher-kantonalbank.. Eye on Alumni: Wischiro Keo 12.. Wischiro Keo (.. Master in Finance.. ) is an analyst in the Financial Engineering Real Estates department of the Zurich Cantonal Bank (Zürcher Kantonalbank).. His work is based on experimenting with different modeling approaches and involves intensive analysis of large datasets.. How did the Finance master program help you prepare for this job?.. The most practical classes for my work with almost direct application are all classes which emphasized programming and scripting in statistical packages and the use of Excel (namely: Statistics and Econometrics, Continuous-Time Finance, Empirical Fnance and Financial Risk Forecasting).. Although I have to use different packages at my employer (SAS, eViews), the programming concepts I learned with STATA or MATLAB have given me an edge in learning to use other tools in a timely manner.. To be honest, before the year at Barcelona GSE, I couldn t have done my current job that efficiently!.. I was told before that I would use about 5% of all material studied during graduate school.. After some working experience, I disagree with this statement.. Of course (and I m afraid), there will be no analytical optimization problem to be solved in a real-life application.. However, the concepts and ideas studied in economic and financial thinking are very well represented at the working place of a bank and can be encountered on a daily basis.. Furthermore, I think the studies also trained me well in analyzing and synthesizing issues at my job; the value of transferable skills should not be underestimated.. What are your main tasks as an analyst in the Financial Engineering department?.. My department develops and maintains the tools and processes to analyze the real estate market of Switzerland and particularly of the Zurich region.. My main tasks thereby  ...   I continue the other workstream (forecasting models) in the afternoon after lunch.. During this modeling process, IT representatives contact me to clarify some question regarding the implementation of an earlier release of our valuation models, which we will address during an ad-hoc Q A on the same day.. Tell us about one of the projects you ve enjoyed the most so far.. New requirements from my bank required a substantial expansion of our current valuation model: as they plan to engage in the trending market of online mortage approval process, our team was asked to develop a method to objectively rate the location of the real estate to be evaluated.. My boss put me in the lead of this project and hence I was given an opportunity to take responsibilities and demonstrate leadership skills.. As of now, the model is developed, approved by the risk department and will go live this summer.. I won t forget this first significant assignment as it also represents my first footprint in the real estate model world of the Zürcher Kantonalbank.. Any advice for current students who are now searching for a job?.. The current job market doesn t make it easy to find your one and only dream job.. Besides in having a first-best goal, it is therefore also important to define second-best options.. As we learned in economics, the first-best alternative might not always be achievable.. However, stay focussed and don t apply at random positions; in the end, your first job will shape your initial career profile.. Last but not least: be patient!.. Wischiro Keo 12.. Zurich, Switzerland.. Zürcher Kantonalbank.. Analyst, Financial Engineering Real Estates.. Zürcher Kantonalbank.. Where are other Barcelona GSE finance alumni working and studying?.. Which Barcelona GSE alumni are working in banking and finance?..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Michele Rimini - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-mrimini-oecd.. Eye on Alumni: Michele Rimini 12.. Michele Rimini (.. ) is a consultant in the OECD s Directorate for Education and Skills.. He says that the master program provided him with the right mindset for policy work.. How did you get your current position at OECD?.. The opportunity to join the OECD came from an email circulating within the GSE, so thanks again career office! I started working at the OECD a month after graduation with a four months internship contract.. After this period I was offered to stay in the framework of the same project.. I suppose that the reasons why my candidature stood out was the fact that I had previous experience in the analysis of education policy as well as a background in innovation, which is at the core of the project I am currently working on.. The first piece of advice I would give to Barcelona GSE students thinking about working at OECD would be to dare applying like for any other job.. The second would be to ensure that you possess a few specific characteristics that the employer would be looking for in the scope of his/her project; as for example, research interests matching the position you are applying to, or previous experience in the relevant policy areas.. Tell us about your work at OECD.. The first thing that surprised me at the OECD is that, as a research analyst, you are very autonomous in your daily tasks, which means you are  ...   information you have gathered to write project proposals.. Likewise, you might be asked to perform econometric analysis on your data with the purpose of creating an index or to provide empirical evidence about the topic you are investigating and then proceed to the drafting of the paper based on your findings.. Alternatively, you might attend expert meetings and discuss the results of your research together with your team.. What skills did you obtain from the Barcelona GSE master program that are helping you now at OECD?.. In general the master program provided me with the right mindset to work in policy, by stressing the importance of being inquisitive, persistent, and collaborative among other things and make them part of your set of skills.. In terms of content, work at the OECD consists mainly in giving policy recommendations to member countries based on sound economic and policy research.. Therefore, what you learn in courses such as empirical macro, fiscal policy, econometrics and time series becomes quite handy for your daily activities.. Any plans to visit Barcelona in the near future?.. Despite being among one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Paris is well known for its unstable and rainy weather.. I guess that I would benefit quite a lot from some Catalan sunshine during this summer, potentially accompanied by some intellectual endeavour as, for example, one of the courses of Barcelona GSE summer school.. Michele Rimini 12.. Turin, Italy.. Paris, France.. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)..

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