Seed Grants

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants support the scientific development of our researchers, in particular the junior researchers among the Barcelona GSE 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 Barcelona GSE Seed Grants have been awarded to 67 Affiliated Professors. The most recent grant recipients and their projects are listed below.


Barcelona GSE Seed Grants 2021

ResearcherBarcelona GSE UnitProject Title
Marco FabbriUPFLand Titling and Conflicts: Evidence from a Land Tenure Reform Implemented as a Randomized Control-Trial
Rosa FerrerUPFMeasuring Demand and Supply of Audiovisual Content and its Regulation
Alexander FrugUPFTime Management and Optimal Scheduling of Attention
Mohammad GhaderiUPFRobust Discrete Choice Model
André GrögerUABRaising Boys and Girls: Gender Gaps in Child Development
Priit JeenasUPFFiscal Policy with Firm Heterogeneity and Financial Frictions
Dmitry KuvshinovUPFSafe Assets in the Long-run International Perspective
Ursula MelloIAE-CSICHeterogenous Impacts of Local Labor Market Shocks on Gender Inequality Over the Life Cycle
Joan MonràsUPFPublic Good Provision and the Spatial Distribution of Economic Activity
Minyoung RhoUABThe Mortgage Trap: Economic and Social Implications of the Lack of Personal Bankruptcy in Spain
Björn RichterUPFForeign Capital and Household Credit Expansions
Alberto SantiniUPFSustainable Integrated Last-mile Delivery
Mikhail SpektorUPFHuman Learning: Fast = Slow?
Hanna WangUABFixed-term Contracts, Fertility and the Gender Wage Gap
Seed Grant recipients in previous editions

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants 2018

ResearcherBarcelona GSE UnitProject Title
Elisa AlòsUPFAsymptotic Analysis in Rough Volatility Models
Vladimir AsriyanCREICollateral Booms and Information Depletion
Isaac BaleyUPFAggregate Dynamics in Lumpy Economies
Gert CornelissenUPFObjectification: Unforeseen Effects of the “Thumb Culture”?
Jésica de ArmasUPFLogistics Optimization for the Home Health and Social Care Services
Javier Fernández BlancoUAB1. Job Automation, Domestic Migration and Occupational Mobility
2. Frictions in International Trade and Housing and Labor Markets
André GrögerUABDigital Trace Data for Measurement and Prediction of Migration, Production and Trade Networks
Gianmarco LeónUPFVertical Pay Differentials on Worker Productivity: Evidence from the health worker program in Sierra Leone
Antonio MirallesUABOptimal Auctions Under Behavioral Traits
Daniel Navarro-MartínezUPFBridging the Gap Between the Lab and the Field: The Case of the Dictator Game
Victoria VanascoCREI1. Strategic Complexity
2. Market Opacity, Liquidity, and Quality
3. Aggregate Liquidity Cycles
Piotr ZwiernikUPFGaussian Graphical Models, Total Positivity, and Bayesian Testing

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants 2017

ResearcherBarcelona GSE UnitProject Title
Elisa AlòsUPFRobust Semiparametric Pricing and Hedging Methods for Path-dependent Contingent Claims
Albert Banal-EstañolUPFWho Partners with Whom in the UK Startup Ecosystem?
Christopher BuschUABIncome Dynamics Over the Life Cycle and Assortative Mating and Insurance Against Income Risk
Gert CornelissenUPFRecipes for Success: They taste good, but are they healthy?
Miguel EspinosaUPFSpecialization in the Knowledge Economy
Alexander FrugUPFTraining with Strategic Feedback
Albrecht GlitzUPFWhy Spy?
André GrögerUABThe Formation of Migrant Networks, Behavioral Biases and Remittance Decision-Making
Joachim JungherrIAE-CSICThe Long-term Debt Accelerator
Antonio MirallesUABPseudomarkets and Outside Options in School Choice
Maria PetrovaUPFCorporal Punishment in Schools, Pro-social Behavior, and Populist Support
Amedeo PiolattoUABStrategic Voting, Transfers and Bailouts in a Federation
Luis RojasUABA Database of Investment and Innovation at the Firm Level

Barcelona GSE Seed Grants 2016

ResearcherBarcelona GSE UnitProject Title
Larbi AlaouiUPFLimited Reasoning, Internal Conflict and Endogenous Discounting
Ruben DuranteUPFIndependence and Quality of Mass Media in the Internet Age
Mircea EpureUPFOrganizations and Culture: Governance Models and Performance Differences in Crisis
Javier Fernández-BlancoUABLabor Markets and International Trade
Angela FiedlerUABBiased Expectations and Skill Mismatch: An Experimental Study
Christian Fons-RosenUPFDeveloping and Applying a Platform Tool for the Economics of Science
Luca FornaroCREIAggregate Demand Externalities in a Global Liquidity Trap
Manuel García-SantanaUPFPublic Sector Projects, Finance, and Aggregate Productivity: Evidence from Matched Bank-Firm-Procurement Data
Gianmarco LeónUPFUnderstanding the Teacher’s Labor Market
Joan LlullUABThe Labor Market Consequences of Selective Immigration Policies
Christian MichelUPFAssessing the Impact of Organizational and Financial Structure on Industry Behavior
Pau Milán UABInvestigating Constraints on Informal Risk-sharing Theoretically and Empirically
Hannes MuellerIAE-CSICQuantifying Diplomatic Action
Dávid Krisztián NagyCREIGrowth and Trade in a World of Cities
Luigi PascaliUPFSentiment Analysis, Based on Book Titles and Book Content
Raül Santaeulàlia-LlopisUABSocial Insurance Barriers to Structural Transformation
Edouard SchaalCREIOptimal Transport Networks in Spatial Equilibrium

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