The ability to understand and measure relevant market forces and identify and assess risk prior to making decisions is crucially important, both for macroeconomic policy and for individual decision making. As the recent economic experience shows, this is not a trivial issue. The tools used in economic analysis are becoming increasingly sophisticated and specialized, and more effort will be devoted in the coming years to develop new theoretical and statistical methods to face the challenge. The Quantitative Economics group of MOVE focuses both on the development of these new tools, and in their application to specific economic problems.
This research team conducts high quality applied and/or theoretical research in the areas related to Quantitative Economics broadly understood. The unifying approach is quantitative and empirical research guided by rigorous theory. Quantitative Economics at MOVE has the objective of strengthening the research potential of an already very active group in the area. In particular, the group is very active in General Equilibrium Dynamics and Applied Economics, with a strong interest –but not limited to- Business Cycles, Income Inequality, Fiscal and Monetary Policy, Growth and Development, Firm Dynamics, Equilibrium Labor Market Dynamics, Health and Labor Economics, Empirical Industrial Organization and Computational Economics.
The members of the group contribute to weekly workshops and seminars jointly organized by the Department of Economics of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Institute of Economic Analysis – CSIC. The group is highly involved in graduate education, through its active role in the International Doctorate in Economic Analysis (IDEA) of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. In addition, as members of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, the members of the group actively participate in its postgraduate programs, directly organizing one of them, the MSc in Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets.