Welcome to the Economic Research Portal at the Banco de España

Economic analysis and research are important tasks of the Banco de España, which support its role as Spain’s central bank and as a member of the Eurosystem.

The Economic Research Portal is directed towards the community of economic and financial researchers worldwide, to provide quick access to publications, statistics, and other information of interest relating to the research output of the Banco de España.

For more comprehensive access to all analytical and research output of the Banco de España, please see the main Economic Analysis and ResearchAbre en nueva ventana page.

News and highlights

Second Banco de España Annual Research Conference (Jointly with IFS, London)

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On 3-4 September 2018, the Banco de España will be hosting its Second Annual Research Conference at its Madrid headquarters. This year the conference will be in conjunction with IFS, London, and the theme will be Taxes and Transfers. Leading scholars such as Richard BlundellAbre en nueva ventanaVítor GasparAbre en nueva ventanaMikhail GolosovAbre en nueva ventanaRoger GordonAbre en nueva ventanaRachel GriffithAbre en nueva ventanaHenrik KlevenAbre en nueva ventanaCamile LandaisAbre en nueva ventana Guy LaroqueAbre en nueva ventanaGaetan NicodemeAbre en nueva ventanaFlorian ScheuerAbre en nueva ventanaStefanie StantchevaAbre en nueva ventanaKjetil StoreslettenAbre en nueva ventanaGianluca ViolanteAbre en nueva ventana, and Owen ZidarAbre en nueva ventana, among others, will participate.

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26th Finance Forum Award

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The paper "Adapting Lending Policies When Negative Interest Rates Hit Banks' Profits", coauthored by Óscar Arce, Miguel García-PosadaSergio Mayordomo and Steven Ongena, has been recognized with the SANFI Award to the best paper on Banking of the 26th Finance Forum, held in Santander on 5-6 July 2018.

Conference on risk, volatility and central banks' policies

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The Banco de España will organize a joint conference with the Central Bank Research Association (CEBRA) on "risk, volatility and central banks' policies", on 29-30 November in Madrid. The conference aims to cover a broad range of topics related to risk and volatility. The Banco de España and CEBRA chose this topic, taking into account the growing awareness of the importance of risk and market volatility for both monetary policy and financial stability. 

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Conference on the new bank provisioning standards: Implementation challenges and financial stability implications

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The Banco de España, the Centre for Monetary and Financial Studies (CEMFI) and the Financial Stability Institute (FSI) of the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) are organizing this conference that will be held at the Banco de España’s headquarters in Madrid on 18-19 October 2018. International Financial Reporting Standards 9 (IFRS 9) under IAS and Current Expected Credit Losses (CECL) under US GAAP constitute new references for banks to determine the way provisions for credit risk losses will be calculated. The conference has been designed to the interest of all key players affected by the introduction and the implementation of the new provisioning standards.

Programme Enlace PDF: Abre en nueva ventana (142 KB)

IV Seminar in Economic History

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On October 11th the Banco de España will host the IV Seminar in Economic History. As on previous occasions, research projects on Economic History financed by the Banco de España, together with other papers on Spanish and international economic history will be presented. Scholars are invited to submit their proposals before June 15th.

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Political Science Research and Methods Best Paper Award

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The paper "The effect of electoral systems on voter turnout: Evidence from a natural experimentAbre en nueva ventana", by the BdE researcher Carlos Sanz, has been honored with the 2017/2018 Political Science Research and Methods Best Paper Award, given to the best paper published in the journal during the year. 

Federico Prades Prize

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The paper "Did the bank capital relief induced by the supporting factor enhance SME lending?Abre en nueva ventana", coauthored by BdE researchers Sergio MayordomoAbre en nueva ventana and María Rodríguez MorenoAbre en nueva ventana, has been honored with the Federico Prades PrizeAbre en nueva ventana to young economists. The prize is awarded by the Spanish Banking Association Foundation.

5th World Bank - Banco de España Research Conference

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On June 4-5, the Banco de España hosted the conference “Macroeconomic Policies, Output Fluctuations, and Long-term Growth”, jointly organized with The World Bank. The goal of the conference was to bring together academics and policy makers to discuss on the effects of fiscal or monetary policies on potential growth and the business cycle. In particular, the Conference looked for new evidence on the relationship between monetary, tax and expenditure policies and business cycles, with special attention to the implications for long-term growth. How different fiscal alternatives are likely to affect labor productivity and growth, and how they can be coordinated with other macroeconomic policies to improve social welfare were also assessed. ProgramAbre en nueva ventana

Joint Conference Banco de España and International Monetary Fund

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On April 3rd the banco de España hosted a conference jointly organized with International Monetary Fund with the title "Spain: From Recovery to Resilience"The conference aimed to draw lessons, including for Europe, from Spain’s successful crisis responses and discuss policy options that ensure a sustained and inclusive economic path forward. The conference brought together economists and analysts from academia, think tanks, and policy making institutions from inside and outside Spain. ProgramAbre en nueva ventana.

ESCB workshop

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On January 11-12, Banco de España hosted the “Workshop on the ESCB macroeconomic projection platforms”. The aim of the workshop, which was open to participation of staff from the ESCB central banks involved in the preparation of macroeconomic projections, was to inspire possible changes in current procedures used in the various institutions by learning from each other’s practices. The focus was on the procedures employed in the production of the projections, both from the point of view of the governance of the process and, especially, in terms of the precise software solutions used in order to make the process more efficient and reliable. Program Enlace PDF: Abre en nueva ventana (225 KB).

First Annual Workshop of the ESCB Research Cluster on International macro, fiscal, labour, and EMU governance: "Medium and long-run challenges for Europe"

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The First Annual Workshop of ESCB Research Cluster 2 was hosted by the Banco de España at its headquarters in Madrid on 16-17 November, 2017.

Research Cluster 2 is a network intended to foster collaboration across central banks in the European Union on policy-relevant research initiatives on topics related to real international macroeconomics. Its First Annual Workshop was entitled “Medium- and long-run challenges for Europe”. Speakers came from many different ESCB institutions, and Pol AntràsAbre en nueva ventana and Giancarlo CorsettiAbre en nueva ventana presented keynote lectures.

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Conference on Real-time data analysis, Methods and Applications

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The Banco de España sponsored the 13th annual conference on real-time data analysis, methods, and applications in macroeconomics and finance, which was held October 19th and 20th, 2017, in its central headquarters in Madrid, c/ Alcalá, 48.

The conference brought together leading researchers in real-time analysis of economic data. It covered topics such as real-time macro-and financial econometrics, forecasting and macroeconomic policy analysis, among others.

Programme Enlace PDF: Abre en nueva ventana (291 KB)

First Banco de España Annual Research Conference

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On August 31 and September 1 2017, the Banco de España hosted its First Annual Research Conference in its Madrid headquarters.

In much of the industrialized world, including the euro area, the macroeconomic landscape is characterized by sluggish growth, inflation persistently below target, low interest rates (including short-term nominal rates close to their effective lower bounds), and increasing risks to financial stability. Against this background, economic policy-makers, including fiscal, monetary and macroprudential authorities, face the formidable challenge of promoting a faster economic recovery and the return of inflation to its target level, while ensuring financial stability. The conference brought together world leading scholars and policy-makers in order to discuss the causes of these macroeconomic developments and the policy measures to address them. Tobias AdrianAbre en nueva ventanaRicardo CaballeroAbre en nueva ventana, Gauti EggertssonAbre en nueva ventana, Emmanuel FarhiAbre en nueva ventana, Jesús Fernández-VillaverdeAbre en nueva ventana, Jordi GalíAbre en nueva ventana, Nobuhiro KiyotakiAbre en nueva ventana, Morten RavnAbre en nueva ventana, Tano SantosAbre en nueva ventana and Frank SmetsAbre en nueva ventana, among others, participated in the event.

More generally, our Annual Research Conference is aimed at becoming the Banco de España’s flagship research conference, and at reaffirming the Banco de España’s commitment to research as an indispensable tool for improving economic policy-making

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New Occasional Visiting Scholar Program

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The ADG Economics and Research has launched an Occasional Visiting Program aimed at keeping a high standard of achievement in the research output of the Banco de España. The program brings distinguished scholars to a few one-week stays in order to give advice on specific projects of the research staff. This year the Banco de España will host the following scholars:

Pol AntràsAbre en nueva ventana (Harvard University).

Jesús Fernández-VillaverdeAbre en nueva ventana (University of Pennsylvania).

Miles KimballAbre en nueva ventana (University of Michigan).

Tano SantosAbre en nueva ventana (Columbia University).

Research environment

Banco de España Welcomes New Researchers

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The Banco de España offers a warm welcome to our new seven researchers, who have recently joined the regular staff of the ADG Economics and Research and the ADG International Affairs.

The seven researchers were recruited on the international job market, where the Banco de España has established a long tradition of hiring fresh PhDs from the most prestigious universities worldwide.

Find out more about our new researchers:

Guilherme de Almeida BandeiraAbre en nueva ventana is joining the Modelling and Macroeconomic Analysis Division at the ADG Economics and Research. Guilherme holds a PhD in Economics from the European University Institute. His research focuses on both empirical and theoretical aspects of open economy macro and macroeconomic policy.

Clodomiro FerreiraAbre en nueva ventana is joining the Financial Analysis Division at the ADG Economics and Research. Clodomiro obtained his PhD in Economics from the European University Institute. Before joining the Banco de España, he has been a research fellow at London Business School. His research focuses on the aggregate consequences of household and firm heterogeneity.  

Sandra García-UribeAbre en nueva ventana is joining the Microeconomic Analysis Division at the ADG Economics and Research. Sandra has recently obtained her PhD in Economics from CEMFI. Her research focuses on media economics, taxation, big data and applied econometrics.

Gergely GanicsAbre en nueva ventana is joining the Modelling and Macroeconomic Analysis Division at the ADG Economics and Research. Gergely has recently obtained his PhD in Economics from Universitat Pompeu Fabra. His research focuses on econometrics, macroeconomics and forecasting.

Danilo Leiva-LeonAbre en nueva ventana is joining the Conjunctural Analysis Division at the ADG Economics and Research. Danilo holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Alicante. Before joining the Banco de España, Danilo worked at the Bank of Canada and at the Central Bank of Chile. His fields of interest are applied macroeconomics, business cycles, forecasting, monetary policy and empirical finance. His research has been published in journals such as Journal of International Economics, Journal of Econometrics, and Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics.

Moritz RothAbre en nueva ventana is joining the ADG International Affairs. Moritz has recently obtained his PhD in Economics from the European University Institute. His fields of interest are international macroeconomics, financial economics, macroeconometrics and computational economics.

Federico TagliatiAbre en nueva ventana is joining the Structural Analysis Division at the ADG Economics and Research. Federico has just obtained his PhD in Economics from the University College London. His research focuses on development economics and applied microeconomics.

Get to know also the last year's hirings: Mario Alloza, Yuliya Kulikova, Sergio Mayordomo, María Rodríguez-MorenoCarlos Sanz and Dominik Thaler.

Visiting scholars

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The Banco de España has established a Visiting Scholar Program with the aim of keeping the Banco at the forefront of central bank research. Participants are accomplished academic researches with an established reputation in the fields of economics and finance. The Program accommodates various visiting schedules.

Regular Visiting Scholars visit the Bank regularly, typically on a weekly or bi-weekly basis. Right now, the following scholars have the status of Regular Visitors:

Javier AndrésAbre en nueva ventana (Universitat de València)

Jesús GonzaloAbre en nueva ventana (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid)

Nezih GunerAbre en nueva ventana (CEMFI)

José María LabeagaAbre en nueva ventana (UNED)

Sara OtalAbre en nueva ventana (Universidad de Alcala)

José Luis PeydróAbre en nueva ventana (Universitat Pompeu Fabra)

Resident Visiting Scholars visit the Banco de España for closed-stays of variable duration, from few months up to a year. Resident Scholars are selected every year through a process with starts around February, when the Banco de España releases a Call of Application for Research Projects in EconomicsAbre en nueva ventana. This year the following scholars are visiting the Bank:

Elias BengtssonAbre en nueva ventana (Stockholm University) is visiting from December 2017 to May 2018.
Project: The political economy of macroprudential policy.

Martin Gonzalez EirasAbre en nueva ventana (University of Copenhagen) is visiting from October 2017 to April 2018.
Project: Luxury goods inflation over the business cycle.

Jonathan HalketAbre en nueva ventana (University of Essex) is visiting from November 2017 to June 2018.
Project: The macroeconomy and the local dimensions of real estate.

Federica RomeiAbre en nueva ventana (Stockholm University) is visiting from September to November 2017 and from January to April 2018.
Project: Aggregate demand externalities in a global liquidity trap.

Wenyi ShenAbre en nueva ventana (Oklahoma State University) is visiting in December 2017 and from May to August 2018.
Project: Fiscal limits in a monetary union.

Emanuele TarantinoAbre en nueva ventana (University of Mannheim) is visiting from April to July 2018.
Project: Lending standards and borrowers' composition over the credit cycle.

External evaluation of Banco de España research

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In 2011, by request of the Governor, the research activities of the Banco de España were evaluated by an external panel, constituted by Professors Ricardo Caballero (MIT), Jordi Galí (UPF), and Lucrezia Reichlin (LBS), and Dr. Luis Servén (World Bank). The report and the response of the Banco de España are available here:

Publication Updates

A spectral EM algorithm for dynamic factor models

Journal of Econometrics, 205(1), July 2018, pp. 249-279.
Gabriele Fiorentini (Università di Firenze and RCEA),
Alessandro Galesi (Banco de España),
Enrique Sentana (CEMFI)

Agglomeration by export destination: evidence from Spain

Journal of Economic Geography, 18(3), May 2018, pp. 599-625.
Roberto Ramos (Banco de España),
Enrique Moral-Benito (Banco de España).

Informational Contagion in the Laboratory

Review of Finance, 22 (3), May 2018, pp. 877–904.
Marco Cipriani (FRBNY),
Antonio Guarino (UCL),
Giovanni Guazzarotti (Bank of Italy),
Federico Tagliati (Banco de España),
Sven Fischer (Newcastle University Business School).

Social optima in economies with heterogeneous agents

Review of Economic Dynamics, 28, April 2018, pp. 150-180.
Benjamin Moll (Princeton University),
Galo Nuño (Banco de España).

Fiscal consolidation after the great recession: The role of composition

Oxford Economic Papers 70 (2), April 2018, pp. 563-585.
Iván Kataryniuk (Banco de España),
Javier Vallés (Banco de España).

Inflation and optimal monetary policy in a model with firm heterogeneity and Bertrand competition

European Economic Review 103, April 2018, pp. 18-38.
Javier Andrés (Universitat de València),
Pabrlo Burriel (Banco de España).

Portfolio Rebalancing and Asset Pricing with Heterogeneous Inattention

International Economic Review, 59(2), Feburary 2018, pp. 699-726.
Rachedi, Omar (Banco de España).

Under the radar: The effects of monitoring firms on tax compliance

American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 10 (1), February 2018, pp. 1-38.
Miguel Almunia (University of Warwick),
David López-Rodríguez (Banco de España).

Uncovering the heterogeneous effect of ECB unconventional monetary policies across Euro Area countries

European Economic Review 101, January 2018, pp. 210-229.
Pablo Burriel (Banco de España),
Alessandro Galesi (Banco de España).

Macroprudential policy, countercyclical bank capital buffers and credit supply: Evidence from the Spanish dynamic provisioning experiments

Journal of Political Economy 125 (6), December 2017, pp. 2126-2177.
Gabriel Jiménez (Banco de España),
Steven Ongena (University of Zurich),
José Luis Peydró (Universitat Pompeu Fabra),
Jesús Saurina (Banco de España).

The Cycle of Earnings Inequality: Evidence from Spanish Social Security Data

The Economic Journal, 127 (603), August 2017, pp. 1244-1278.
Stéphane Bonhomme (University of Chicago),
Laura Hospido (Banco de España).

Measuring Business Cycles Intra-Synchronization in US: A Regime-Switching Interdependence Framework

Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 79(4), August 2017, pp. 513-545.
Danilo Leiva-Leon (Banco de España)

When does relationship lending start to pay?

Journal of Financial Intermediation, 31, July 2017, pp. 16-29.
Germán López-Espinosa (University of Navarra),
Sergio Mayordomo (Banco de España),
Antonio Moreno (University of Navarra).

Structural reforms in a debt overhang

Journal of Monetary Economics, 88, June 2017, pp. 15-34.
Javier Andrés (Universidad de Valencia),
Óscar Arce (Banco de España),
Carlos Thomas (Banco de España).

Bank Leverage Cycles

American Economic Journal: Macroeconomics, 9 (2), April 2017, pp. 32-72.
Galo Nuño (Banco de España), 
Carlos Thomas (Banco de España).

The impact of the 2011 short-sale ban on financial stability: Evidence from the Spanish stock market

European Financial Management, 22 (5), November 2016, pp. 1001-1022.
Óscar Arce (Banco de España),
Sergio Mayordomo (Banco de España).

Policy spillovers and synergies in a Monetary Union

International Journal of Central Banking 12 (3), pp. 219-277, September 2016
Óscar Arce (Banco de España)
Samuel Hurtado (Banco de España)
Carlos Thomas (Banco de España).

The public sector wage premium in Spain: Evidence from longitudinal administrative data.

Labour Economics 42, October 2016, pp. 101-122.
Laura Hospido (Banco de España),
Enrique Moral-Benito (Banco de España).

Envy and habits: Panel data estimates of interdependent preferences

Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 78 (4), pp. 443-469.
Francisco Álvarez-Cuadrado (McGill University),
José María Casado (Banco de España),
José María Labeaga (UNED)

Learning from The Great Divergence in unemployment in Europe during the crisis

Labor Economics, 41, August 2016, pp. 32-46.
Tito Boeri (Bocconi University)
Juan Francisco Jimeno (Banco de España)

The distribution of debt across euro area countries:The role of individual characteristics, institutions and credit conditions

International Journal of Central Banking - June 2016.
Olympia Bover (Banco de España),
José María Casado (Banco de España),
Ernesto Villanueva (Banco de España),
Household Finance Consumption Network.