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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Arik Mordoh - Office of Health Economics - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: FAQ.. News.. Events.. Home.. amordoh09-office-health-economics.. Admissions.. Student Resources.. News & Media.. 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: Arik Mordoh 09.. Arik Mordoh (Competition and Market Regulation) is an Economist in the Office of Health Economics (OHE) in London.. He is performing an analysis of the effects of competition on the UK s National Health Service (NHS).. You are working on the OHE Commission on Competition in the NHS.. What is the purpose of this project?.. The purpose of the.. OHE Commission on Competition in the NHS.. is to investigate for which NHS health care services and under which circumstances competition or contest is likely to be beneficial overall and for which it is likely to be harmful.. My work for the Commission has consisted of analyzing the existing evidence of the effects of competition on the quality of NHS services.. What is a typical day  ...   as peer-reviewed by OHE editorial board.. It s been an unexpected opportunity to have my work peer-reviewed by important members of the British academic community.. What courses from the Barcelona GSE master program have been most valuable to you?.. Essentially, all my knowledge gathered, from econometrics to theoretical models of competition, has proven to be extremely valuable for my everyday work.. What s next for you once the Commission ends?.. Right after the Commission ends, I will be joining Ofgem, the UK Office of Gas and Electricity Markets.. I will start work at the Retail Market division.. Barcelona GSE Alumni Friends Home.. Arik Mordoh 09.. Home town:.. Lloret de Mar, Catalonia-Spain.. Current city:.. London, England.. Company:.. Office of Health Economics.. Job Title:.. Economist.. Office of Health Economics (OHE).. Where are other Competition graduates working and studying?.. GSE Alumni Friends.. GSE Alumni Career Paths.. Alumni Doctoral Study.. Career Outlook Report.. 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.. placement@barcelonagse.. eu.. Contact GSE..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Jake Morris - RBB Economics - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: jmorris09-rbbeconomics.. Eye on Alumni: Jake Morris 09.. Jake Morris (Competition and Market Regulation 09) is an Associate at RBB Economics (The Hague, Netherlands).. He is currently working on a merger in the pharmaceutical industry between two of the largest global players.. You were doing some consulting work before the master program how is your new position different from your work in Cape Town?.. Albeit very brief, my consulting work in Cape Town was focused on improving company performance with a particular focus on supply chain efficiency.. My work at RBB takes a fundamentally different approach in that we mainly provide economic analysis and advice on the competitive conduct of firms.. Therefore, although it is necessary to understand our client s commercial strategy, the focus is on providing insight into the competitive dynamics of the market rather than enhancing the client s performance.. Tell us about a project you are working on now.. I am currently working on a merger in the pharmaceutical industry between two of the largest global players.. It basically involves defining relevant markets and determining how much market power would be held by the combined entity in each of them following the merger.. This allows us to identify those markets that are likely to cause competition concerns, with the  ...   be demanding at times.. However, in return you are also granted considerable flexibility to accommodate your own needs where possible.. What I find particularly appealing at RBB is the informal working environment and accessibility to senior staff.. This is partly reflected in a relatively flat structure that contains only three levels: associate, senior associate and partner.. The atmosphere in our office is thus very relaxed and you are always able to approach others for help and advice.. Have you met up with any GSE alumni over the past year?.. I did manage to catch up with a few friends when I went to Brussels for an interview at RBB but, unfortunately, I haven t found the time to see nearly as many fellow alumni as I would have liked.. Many friendships were built over the year in Barcelona and I definitely plan on staying in touch.. The silver lining of everyone dispersing at the end of the year is that you suddenly have a network of friends stationed around the world.. This is something that I hope to take advantage of.. Jake Morris 09.. Associate.. RBB Economics.. | The Hague, Netherlands.. RBB Economics offers professional, practical and expert economic advice on all aspects of domestic and European competition law.. RBB Economics Website.. community@barcelonagse..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Wolf von Rotberg - Deutsche Bank - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-wvonrotberg-deutschebank.. Eye on Alumni: Wolf von Rotberg 09.. Wolf von Rotberg (.. Master in Finance.. ) is an economic analyst in Deutsche Bank s research department.. He describes the selection process for the position both as a job applicant and from the other side of the table.. How did you find out about this job? Could you describe the selection process?.. The Barcelona GSE placement coordinator forwarded job adverts to our GSE email addresses on a regular basis.. The advert for the position at Deutsche Bank Research was one of them.. Deutsche Bank invited me for an interview in late summer 2009, a couple of weeks after my return to Germany from Barcelona.. They asked me to give a 15-minute presentation in front of the team on a topic I could choose myself.. Even though it may seem easy at first sight, it was quite challenging to find a topic which fits the job description and shows your personal skills in the most convincing way at the same time.. Fifteen minutes also pass quickly when you want to make an impression.. For my interview presentation, I used one of the value-at-risk models we developed in class during the master degree, and I adjusted it in order to estimate potential capital shortfalls at domestic banks and their fiscal impact on the sovereign.. More important than the presentation itself, however, was the following 20-minute chat with the team.. They asked all kinds of questions.. About the crisis, day-to-day politics and economics.. Showing some flexibility in those  ...   countries to internal and external clients.. In order to do this, we need to be up to date on events and issues related to our countries.. This requires a lot of reading of market-relevant news and the fundamental analysis of macro data.. We receive daily requests, publish regular country reports and write long-term studies.. That s also the order of priority.. Thus, some days start with an urgent surprise request waiting in your mailbox.. Other days start with reading the financial press before you dig into some economic data or assess the latest structural change to the European Financial Stability Facility and its potential repercussion on the market.. What s been your most memorable project so far?.. A project which caught a lot of attention was a paper we published last summer.. We projected developed market public debt levels by 2020, stressed those assumptions under various scenarios and showed that even marginal deviations from current growth and interest rate forecasts have quite a substantial impact on public debt paths.. Apparently, this was the right study at the right time.. Various public and private sector institutions invited us to present the findings, which was often a great opportunity to discuss with other professionals from academia, politics and the financial sector.. Wolf von Rotberg 09.. Stuttgart, Germany.. Frankfurt, Germany.. Employer:.. Deutsche Bank.. Economist, Global Risk Analysis.. Where are other Barcelona GSE finance alumni working and studying?.. Which Barcelona GSE alumni are working in banking?.. Master Degrees at Barcelona GSE.. Masters Brochure [pdf].. Barcelona GSE Alumni Friends..

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  • Title: Eye on Alumni: Niels Krieghoff - London School of Economics - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: nkrieghoff08-london-school-of-economics.. Eye on Alumni: Niels Krieghoff 08.. Niels Krieghoff (Economics) is a PhD student at the London School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the University of Bonn.. His work in Economic History focuses on German and American banking regulation from 1930-1960.. Banking regulation is certainly on everyone s minds these days.. Is history repeating itself?.. Just recently I read a newspaper accounts stemming from the aftermath of the German financial crisis of 1931.. If I hadn t known that it was a piece from that time, I would certainly have thought that it was an article from today s times.. Much the same issues they were discussing back then, such as banker s bonuses, excessive risk-taking, a lack of business-ethics, etc.. , are being discussed today as well.. History doesn t repeat, but it does rhyme indeed.. Give us a snapshot of PhD life.. Each day is different.. Obviously I spend quite some time in the (gorgeous) LSE library or the (pink) PhD lab, slaving over books and other resources.. There are PhD and department workshops I attend, as well as courses to deepen my knowledge in areas such as quantitative methods or even rhetoric.. Last but not least there are the LSE public lectures, which I try to go to as often as possible.. What  ...   One fellow student in particular, we hear.. Yes, it turns out that I m getting married to.. Acácia Reiche 08.. , whom I got to know at Barcelona GSE - she did the master program in.. Economics of Science and Innovation.. the same year I was doing the Economics program.. She s still working in Barcelona [as a project manager at IMIM Foundation for medical research], which is nice because I just love coming back to Barcelona and do so quite regularly.. Any tips to share with GSE grads who will begin their PhDs next year?.. One thing I ve realized is how much it matters to be in the right place with the right people to talk to.. For example, it really makes a big difference if two or three other PhD students or professors are working on a related topic.. They can give you much more concise inputs and feedback.. Also, in their own research they might come across things that might be interesting for me and vice versa.. In this short time at LSE I have benefitted tremendously from this kind of cooperation.. Niels Krieghoff 08.. Bonn, Germany.. PhD student in Economic History.. London School of Economics.. Research Fellow.. University of Bonn.. London School of Economics (LSE).. Where are other Economics graduates working and studying?..

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  • Title: PhD student Pau Pujolàs (IDEA) chosen to present job market paper at Econometric Society Winter Meeting - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: news-pujolas-econometric-society-winter-meeting.. Share this page:.. 01.. 11.. 2012.. PhD student Pau Pujolàs (IDEA) chosen to present job market paper at Econometric Society Winter Meeting.. A doctoral student in the UAB s International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA),.. Pau Pujolàs.. , has been selected to present his job market paper at the prestigious.. 2012 European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society.. in Konstanz, Germany.. The paper, Trade Patterns, Income Differences and Gains From Trade, is one of 16 research papers selected from nominations by senior researchers across Europe.. According to the Econometric Society event page, many of today s leading European economists started their careers by presenting their first major paper at one of the Winter Meetings.. Those invited to participate are considered the most promising young European researchers.. Mr.. Pujolàs is glad for the opportunity to present his paper to the Econometric Society.. It is a great opportunity to present in front of the best European researchers, and I am sure I will get a lot of really valuable feedback, he said.. He is also looking forward to getting his work into circulation before going to the job market, which might lead to interviews later on.. A state-of-the-art model.. In his paper, Mr.. Pujolàs and co-author Wyatt Brooks (University of Notre Dame) study cross-country income differences and their implications for trade patterns.. How better off is the world economy thanks to international trade? Even more important, how are developing countries better off thanks to international trade? I find these questions really important by themselves, he said.. We knew that consumption increases, and hence, international trade in general, makes the world better off.. But the question is, how does the pattern of this consumption increase for different income levels?.. The model that Mr.. Pujolàs and Mr.. Brooks construct in their paper factors in inequality within and across countries, population and production differences, and actual trade flows.. The preliminary results confirm that standard welfare measurements may underestimate gains from trade by up to 500% for countries like South Africa, Mr.. Pujolàs said.. Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professor.. Juan Carlos Conesa.. (UAB and Barcelona GSE) supervised Mr.. Pujolàs thesis.. He notes that the paper provides a fresh new look at the data and finds patterns that had not been discussed before.. Pau and Wyatt build a state-of-the-art model of international trade with heterogeneous producers and consumers that can be mapped into the empirical evidence.. Based on  ...   with experiences at the University of Minnesota and the Federal Reserve Bank.. It was precisely Prof.. Conesa who sent me to Minnesota.. His PhD thesis advisor,.. Tim Kehoe.. [also a frequent guest professor at the Barcelona GSE], agreed to have me visit the department, where I joined their international trade workshop.. I had the opportunity to go back again this August, this time at the Fed, to continue my research.. After presenting his paper to the Econometric Society and finishing his PhD, Mr.. Pujolàs would like to continue in academia and economic research.. As he did during his doctoral studies, he will consider options both in Catalonia and abroad.. Paper Abstract:.. Trade Patterns, Income Differences and Gains From Trade.. [pdf].. Quantifying the gains from international trade is an area of research that has been widely studied using a variety of trade models.. At the same time, it has been shown that non-homotheticities are useful for matching the systematic patterns of trade present in disaggregated trade data.. We bring these two literatures together to ask how non-homotheticities a ect our predictions for gains from trade.. To do so, we develop a N-country trade model that exactly matches bilateral trade, population, GDP per capita and within country income inequality for many countries.. We include non-homotheticities to match patterns of trade between rich and poor countries that we observe in highly disaggregated trade data.. We then make use of the results from Arkolakis, Costinot, and Rodriguez-Clare (2012), which gives a simple formula for gains from trade in a large class of homothetic models, including a version of our model with the non-homotheticity removed.. Our main nding is that homothetic models overestimate gains from trade in countries with small populations and low productivities, and underestimate gains in countries with large populations and high productivities.. The homothetic model overestimates the gains from being open to trade in the U.. S.. and Japan by 14% and 22%, and underestimates them in Spain and Italy by 24% and 14%.. Pau Pujolàs (PhD candidate, IDEA) is one of just 16 doctoral students chosen to present his job market paper at the Econometric Society s 2012 European Winter Meeting in Konstanz, Germany.. Download thesis paper [pdf]:.. Related News.. 29.. 03.. 2011.. Master and reference PhD graduate Peter Koudijs (Economics 06 and GPEFM 11) named one of seven star performers in the 2011 job market.. Reference doctoral programs.. Master programs.. Affiliated professors..

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  • Title: Preliminary Placement Report 2012 - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: news-preliminary-placement-2012.. 19.. 07.. Preliminary placement report for the Barcelona GSE.. Class of 2012.. Before the master year was over, 72 students (33% of the class) had already accepted job offers and doctoral program placements.. Professional placements: 47% of students who have already achieved placement.. Placement by industry.. 38%.. Banking and Central Banks.. Master programs with highest participation in this industry are Macroeconomics (46%) and Economics (31%).. 20%.. Consulting.. Students from Competition and Market Regulation, Economics and International Trade, Finance and Development are joining Economics specialized or Management consultancies.. 15%.. International Organizations.. Students will be working on projects related to Competition, International Trade, Public Governance Education and other Economics topics.. Government Agencies and Research Institutions are two other industries of great interest to Barcelona GSE students.. Placement by location.. 30%.. The highest percentage of the professional placement is in Spain ( 30%) followed by UK and Germany (12% each) and by Belgium, France and Switzerland (9% each).. Other countries of professional placement are United States, Peru, Turkey and Bangladesh.. 53%.. 53% of the professional placement is international (outside the country of origin); the rest of the students are going to undertake their professional project in their home countries.. Continuing education: 53% of students who have already achieved placement.. 82%.. Approximately 82% of those continuing their education are pursuing a PhD; from these, 56% are from the Master Program in Economics (designed especially for students who want to pursue a PhD further on), 19% from Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets, 12.. 5% from Finance and 12.. 5% from Health Economics and Policy.. The rest will continue specializing with a second Master in topics such as Law, International Relations and Public Administration.. 55%.. Of the students who will enter a PhD program next year, 18 of them (55% of those reporting) will do so at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), one of the Barcelona GSE s reference doctoral programs.. This result shows GSE not only attracts talent, but also plays an important  ...   Placement Office.. By working together with the faculty, the alumni, the companies and institutions to create placement opportunities; aspects such as most effective channels of finding a job, CV and interview strategies and promotion of the alumni network have been extensively worked on by the Barcelona GSE Placement Office.. The placement efforts continue to be very intense both from the side of the recently graduated students, as well as by the Barcelona GSE and its network.. New and promising placements are expected to be achieved by fall, at which point this report will be updated with the latest information.. Students in the Class of 2012 are encouraged to report their post-graduation plans to the Barcelona GSE Placement Office by email to.. The Class of 2012 celebrated their graduation on July 10 and now joins the Barcelona GSE Alumni Network, which includes 748 alumni who are working and studying all over the world.. Alumni Friends.. section of the Barcelona GSE website includes information about placement from earlier cohorts.. 2012 professional and academic placements (33% of class reporting).. Academic (PhD or master).. Professional.. 47%.. Some examples of professional placements by industry.. Banking.. Banc Sabadell.. European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).. Intern-american Development Bank.. La Caixa.. Central banking.. Bundesbank.. European Central Bank.. AT Kearney.. KPMG.. Oxford Economics.. RBB Economics.. OECD.. European Commission.. Universities.. Europe.. Stockholm School of Economics.. Tilburg University.. Toulouse School of Economics.. Universidad Carlos III.. University of Mannheim.. University of Zurich.. Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).. United States.. Harvard Kennedy School of Government.. Stanford University.. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.. Washington University in St.. Louis.. Other.. Indian School of Business.. Class of 2012 Background Stats.. Intake of students: 229.. Nationalities: 57.. (88% international student body).. Average Age: 24 years.. 60% of students had 1-3 years of work experience prior to entering the master.. Student academic backgrounds.. Economics / Finance.. 76%.. Management / Business Administration.. 10%.. Mathematics / Engineering.. 9%.. Social Sciences / Law.. 4%.. Natural Sciences.. 1%.. GSE Alumni Friends..

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  • Title: Alumni Placement Report: Class of 2011 - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: alumni-career-placement2011.. 07.. 12.. Alumni placement report - Barcelona GSE Class of 2011.. In July 2011, the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE) graduated 165 students.. Three months later more than 80% of these graduates responded to a survey giving us the following information:.. The 2011 Barcelona GSE graduates are currently.. working and studying in 27 different countries.. 54% of the graduates who responded were employed within three months of graduation, and more than 25% are continuing their studies by beginning a PhD or other postgraduate program.. Professional Career Placements.. Of the 2011 graduates currently in the work force, 46% accepted positions in European countries outside Spain, 23% got jobs in Spain, and 21% are now working in the Americas.. The remaining 10% of graduates are working in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Oceania.. Barcelona GSE Class of 2011 Professional Career Placement by Industry:.. 29%.. Banking and Financial Services.. Joining the many Barcelona GSE alumni already working in central banks around the world is.. Sascha Bützer.. (Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets), who is now working at the.. Other 2011 alumni have also joined the.. central banks of Brazil, Chile, England, Latvia, Mexico.. and.. Vietnam.. Major banks of Spain, including Banc Sabadell, Banco Santander, and la Caixa Savings Bank have also hired 2011 Barcelona GSE graduates.. 17%.. Consulting Firms.. Several Barcelona GSE alumni are working for consulting firms such as.. Accenture, Boston Consulting Group, Compass Lexecon, Deloitte,.. and.. Oxera.. Among them are.. Ilaria Masiero.. (Competition and Market Regulation) who is working at Compass Lexecon in the United Kingdom, and.. Philip Pisa.. (Finance) who is at Accenture in Sweden.. International Organizations.. As they have in previous years, the.. World Trade Organization (WTO).. and the.. Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).. have once again chosen to recruit Barcelona GSE alumni.. Carlos Guerrero.. (Economics of Science and Innovation) is one of the four Barcelona GSE alumni that the OECD hired this year.. Meanwhile,.. Fábio Sola.. (International Trade, Finance and Development) is at the.. World Bank.. 14%.. Research Institutions.. Several graduates have accepted positions at renowned international research institutions, like.. Mimi Tam.. (Economics) who is working at the.. Bruegel think tank.. in Brussels.. Her classmates are working  ...   others are studying in European universities such as the.. London School of Economics,.. Toulouse School of Economics,.. University of Maastricht.. , and.. Université Louvain La Neuve.. Barcelona GSE Class of 2011 graduates who went on to enter PhD programs in the United States are in competitive programs at.. Northwestern University.. ,.. Stanford University.. University of Chicago.. , among others.. Although the majority of the Class of 2011 who continued on to a PhD studied the Master in Economics,.. at least one student from every master program chose to pursue a doctorate.. , including.. Giuseppe Pratobevera.. (Finance) who is now studying at the.. Swiss Finance Institute.. Pavel Kocourek.. (Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets), who is at.. New York University.. Alumni Networking Continues.. Barcelona GSE Alumni Network.. is growing quickly! Alumni are not only.. connecting online.. with the help of sites such as Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter, but also in person.. With four promotions of alumni now graduated, small hubs of Barcelona GSE alumni are starting to consolidate in cities around the world.. London, Asunción (Paraguay).. , and.. Buenos Aires.. are just a few of the international locations with growing communities of Barcelona GSE alumni.. Students at.. Graduation 2011.. with Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets director Prof.. Francesc Obiols (UAB and Barcelona GSE).. Stephan Maurer 11.. has entered the MRes at London School of Economics.. Postgraduate Placements 2011.. (PhD unless otherwise indicated).. Americas - United States.. Harvard University (LLM).. Johns Hopkins University (MHS).. University of Michigan.. University of Rochester.. IFO Research Institute.. University of Bologna.. University of Mannheim.. University of Zurich.. Vienna Graduate School of Economics.. Spain and Catalonia.. IESE Business School.. Universidad Carlos III.. Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.. Universitat de Barcelona.. Universitat Pompeu Fabra.. Universitat Rovira i Virgili.. Barcelona GSE alumni in Paris.. An informal reunion of alumni living and working in Paris and nearby European cities.. Alumni Outlook by Master Program.. Economics of Science.. and Innovation.. Health Economics and Policy.. International Trade, Finance.. and Development.. Macroeconomic Policy.. and Financial Markets.. Professional Career Placement.. Companies and Recruiters.. If you are a Barcelona GSE graduate and would like to send us your updated career information, please do so via the.. Barcelona GSE Alumni Directory submission form..

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  • Title: Class of 2010: Where are they now? - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: placement2010.. 10/12/2010.. GSE Class of 2010: where are they now?.. Despite the harsh economic environment, graduates in the Barcelona GSE Class of 2010 have been attractive to a variety of industries worldwide.. In July of 2010 Barcelona GSE graduated 142 students.. Three months later more than 70% of these graduates responded to a survey giving us the following information:.. The 2010 GSE graduates are currently living and working in more than 25 different countries.. More than half of the graduates who responded were employed within three months of graduation, and more than one third are continuing their studies by beginning a PhD or other type of postgraduate program.. Professional paths.. Barcelona GSE graduates of 2010 are currently working in 19 different countries worldwide.. Of the 2010 graduates currently in the work force, around one third stayed in Spain, while a similar portion accepted positions elsewhere in Europe.. Several others are employed in Latin America, the United States, and Asia.. These graduates have chosen to work in a variety of areas.. Many of the 2010 GSE graduates have opted to work in the banking industry.. There are several graduates in the main banks of Spain, including Sabadell, Santander, and La Caixa.. There are also several alumni working in central banks for various countries, such Slovenia, Paraguay, and Italy.. Several other GSE alumni are working for consulting firms such as Deloitte, DIWecon, and LECG.. Among them  ...   their education are currently doing masters and PhDs in 9 different countries around the world.. More than half of the graduates who are continuing their education chose to enter one of the GSE s.. reference doctoral programs.. : GPEFM at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, or IDEA at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.. Many others are studying in other European universities such as the Toulouse School of Economics, University of Maastricht, and Louvain La Neuve.. Slightly less than ten percent of all GSE graduates who went on to enter doctoral programs are in the United States at competitive universities such as the University of Michigan and the University of Chicago.. GSE Alumni Network continues to grow.. The Barcelona GSE Alumni Network is growing quickly! Alumni are not only.. With three promotions of alumni now graduated, small hubs of GSE alumni are starting to consolidate in cities around the world.. London, Asunción (Paraguay), and Buenos Aires are just a few of the international locations with growing communities of GSE alumni.. If you are interested in getting in contact with the alumni in your area, you can send a request to.. Back.. Alumni Career Paths.. Networking for GSE Alumni Friends.. Jordi Prats 10 is a consultant at Deloitte in Argentina.. Jebb Peria 10 is currently with Statoil (Norway).. Rebecca Springford 10 is an economist at the UK Government Service (London).. Placement by master program.. International Trade, Finance, and Development..

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  • Title: Placement record in top PhD programs continues GSE alumni tradition of research excellence - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: Placement record in top PhD programs.. 18/09/2009.. Placement record in top PhD programs continues.. GSE alumni tradition of research excellence.. Graduates of the 2009 Barcelona GSE master class who have chosen to enter doctoral programs this fall will follow in the footsteps of alumni from previous years who are already hard at work in university departments and research centers around the globe.. MSc in Economics 2009: An Extraordinary Placement Record.. This year s class boasts an outstanding placement record in top doctoral programs.. In the MSc in Economics program alone, out of 42 students, four will join top-ten programs in the United States while several others will do PhDs at top schools throughout Europe.. This is in addition to 11 other graduates who have chosen to continue their studies at the UPF or the UAB in one of the GSE s.. in economics.. Lorenzo Magnolfi,.. MSc in Economics.. 09 is beginning his PhD studies at the European University Institute (EUI) this fall.. He will focus his research on applied microeconomics, in particular industrial organization and corporate finance.. He observed that the placement record of the Barcelona GSE s master program rivals that of many other top master programs.. The PhD placement from the MSc in Economics this year has been extraordinary, he said.. I have friends who recently got masters in other renowned institutions, and my impression is that this placement record, when related to class size, is unparalleled.. Students who enter rigorous doctoral programs after their year at the GSE are likely to find themselves well prepared to handle the challenges of PhD study.. Toni Ahnert, MSc in Economics 08, is now a doctoral student at the London School of Economics.. He recently commented that the Barcelona GSE s master course was a splendid preparation for the PhD program.. I benefitted tremendously from both the conceptual comprehension and the technical rigor of the program, which helped smooth the transition from the Master level to the PhD level.. Globetrotting  ...   about the quality of the borrowers they have made loans to, she explained.. Sowerbutts has already begun putting her research experience to work in the Bank of England s Prudential Policy Division.. In this division we work to design regulation and metrics to try and ensure we don t have a financial crisis of this magnitude again, and also to be able to deal with a crisis more easily, she said.. Moving from the PhD program to the professional workplace presented Ms.. Sowerbutts with new challenges and new perspective.. It changes the focus on your work, and you have to become aware of other fields of research pretty quickly! The hardest adjustment is the meetings, which means it is hard to get uninterrupted time.. Working at a central bank also provides opportunities to stay on the cutting edge of economics research with both internal and outside speakers invited to present their work to bank employees in regular seminar sessions.. The environment is pretty collaborative, and if someone sees some interesting new research they generally send it around, plus we generate some research ourselves, Ms.. Sowerbutts explained.. The most positive side is that there are so many people working on issues of banking and financial crises that you get a really good debate and insight from people who are real experts and have the inside information about what really goes on in a banking crisis, she said.. Lorenzo Magnolfi 09.. European University Institute.. Research interests:.. applied microeconomics - industrial organization and corporate finance.. Toni Ahnert 08.. macroeconomics, fiscal policy, and monetary economics.. Currently:.. Bank of England.. Prudential Policy Division.. Paper:.. Sweetening the Lemon: House Prices and Adverse Selection in Secondary Loan Markets.. More alumni news.. Graduation 2009 at La Pedrera.. Alumni enjoy a multitude of opportunities after graduation.. Graduates of GSE reference doctoral program publish in top economic journal.. Alumni career updates.. Stay in touch!.. We welcome updates from all GSE alumni.. Please.. tell us.. how you re keeping busy!..

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  • Title: Financial Times Features Research By UPF PhD Student - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: News64.. 08/05/2008.. Financial Times.. Features Research By UPF PhD Student.. Peter Koudijs is a third year PhD student in the UPF GPEFM program, one of the reference doctoral programs of the GSE.. His research was recently featured in the FT s Undercover Economist column, written by Tim Harford (Read.. How markets keep abreast of the news.. ).. Koudijs explores whether markets react efficiently to news, using a unique, hand-collected dataset that is more than 200 years old.. In his study, titled.. The boats that did not sail : Evidence on the sources of asset price volatility from an 18th century natural experiment.. , he examines the prices of three English stocks-- the East India Company, the Bank of England and the South Sea Company that were being traded in Amsterdam during the period 1771 to 1777.. In those days, news from England was delivered via packet boat from Harwich to the Dutch harbor of Hellevoetsluys.. A small, fast vessel, it would sail two times a week with letters, packages, and news between the Netherlands and England.. The North Sea often sees violent storms, especially in the winter months.. In many cases, boats would arrive late, sometimes not reaching their destination for over a week or more.. In the event that no boats arrived, the Amsterdam market had to operate blindly, without information about the stocks price in London.. For Peter Koudijs, this created  ...   their discussion, they hit on the idea that weather might be a great source of external variation for the arrival of news.. Koudijs says, A while after our discussion I was reading Larry Neal s book.. The Rise of Global Capitalism.. Neal discusses the integration of the Dutch and English capital markets in the 18th century, and I thought there should be a way to use the limited information flow during that time to my advantage.. According to Koudijs, this indicates that the trading process itself is very important in determining asset price volatility.. Factors unrelated to the fundamental value of these shares play a large role in the short-term movement of asset prices.. These findings question the efficiency of equity markets, and point to the fact that trading itself may be driving up volatility.. Peter Koudijs.. studied economics and history at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, graduating in 2005 with Honors for his master s thesis:.. Shadows of Gold: currency crises during the Classical Gold Standard Period, 1880-1913.. In 2005 he entered the UPF Master in Economics, now organized by the Barcelona GSE, also graduating with Honors.. Since 2006, Koudijs has been pursuing a PhD at the Economics Department, UPF, where he is supervised by.. Joachim Voth.. UPF is a supporting academic institution of the Barcelona GSE.. Peter Koudijs at the cafeteria of the Ciutadella campus, where he studies and researches..

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  • Title: GSE Student Spotlight: The Path to a PhD - Barcelona GSE
    Descriptive info: News62.. 24/04/2008.. GSE Student Spotlight: Rhiannon Sowerbutts Shares Her Path to a PhD.. Rhiannon Sowerbutts, doctoral student in the.. UPF GPEFM.. program and 2004 graduate of the.. Msc in Economics.. , would not have predicted that she would end up pursuing a PhD in Economics had you asked her 5 years ago.. Now in her third year of the program, she has already completed two intensive internships at the Bank of England and the IMF, co-authored three working papers, and presented at workshops at the UPF and various financial institutions.. When I decided to do an Msc I had no intention of continuing on to do a PhD I thought one year of schooling would be enough for me, says Rhiannon, walking through the sunny quad of the UPF on her way to the library.. But once I entered the program, and realized that I had a knack for the material and the drive to make top grades, it occurred to me to stay on to do a PhD.. Igniting the Flame.. Before entering the UPF Msc in Economics, now organized by the Barcelona GSE, Rhiannon received her Bachelor s degree from London School of Economics.. It was there, she explains, that she gained a good grounding in the basic tool kit of economics.. This, combined with my desire to understand and challenge the material, made me a successful student.. Long hours behind the desks at Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein the investment bank where she worked for two years prior to entering the Msc program fostered Rhiannon s interest in banking, secondary markets, international finance, and financial contracts.. Her decision to enter the Msc in Economics was partly based on a desire to delve deeply into these topics from an academic perspective.. The great professors, combined with the small classes, also gave a huge advantage to any student wanting to really expand their knowledge, she says of the program.. In addition to gaining an extensive understanding of relevant issues in economics, the program provided Rhiannon with the opportunity to interact and conduct research with top professors in her fields of interest.. A Fork in the Road: PhD vs.. Job Market.. Students who do well in top economics programs often find themselves vacillating between the contrasting options of putting their schooling to  ...   internship at the Bank of England, she explains, I was asked to apply some of the basics of banking theory to a relatively new idea: secondary loan markets! As we have seen over the last year, this has been an issue that has caused considerable anxiety and interest for policy makers and academics, so it was really enriching to see something I study in action.. In terms of coursework, she attributes the fantastic theoretical course that Xavier Freixas taught as a key to her success.. Other courses came in handy during her internship at the IMF.. The applied courses I took, such as Time Series and Emerging Market Finance , also really helped for my experience at the IMF.. These courses really were applied as we did a project in each course.. My familiarization with many econometrics tools allowed me to investigate an area of research that I had not looked at before.. In addition to gaining practical experience and proving her knowledge during her internships, Rhiannon also had the fringe benefit of learning a lot about drafting research and working with data.. Hopefully, I will be using some of that to improve my working papers and thesis.. Words of Advice For Aspiring PhDs.. Asked about the personal qualities that she thinks makes one suited for a top doctoral program, Rhiannon emphasizes the importance of a natural curiosity, good analytical abilities, and proactive tendencies.. For students entering the GSE master programs who are undecided about what to do upon graduation, she advises not being too focused on the aim of eventually continuing to do a PhD.. An Msc is fantastic and some of the courses in the program already get you close to the frontier of research.. Ultimately, her advice for aspiring PhDs is to investigate ask questions! Don t be shy, because everyone else probably has the same question as you do.. Don t worry if you don t understand everything, and be realistic about your goals.. On a practical note, she encourages students entering the Barcelona GSE Msc programs to read the Economist and FT every week to try and remind yourself of why you are studying economics here in the first place!.. Rhiannon Sowerbutts in the Jaume I building of the Ciutadella campus, where the program is located..

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