Ramon Xifré

Welcome to my professional webpage.

As an economist I am interested in the competitiveness of the Spanish and EU economies and the related policies on issues like business environment, internationalization and R&D, industrial policy and structural reforms.

I am Associate Professor and Research Director at the Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI-UPF), an international business school associated to Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona and since 2012 I am also Policy Research Fellow at the Public-Private Research Center (PPSRCat IESE Business School.

I am the academic coordinator of SpanishReforms, a web project that monitors economic policy reforms in Spain and a member of the European Central Bank Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet).

From January 2009 to December 2011 I was on leave serving as Senior Economic Policy Advisor at the Spanish Prime Minister Economic Bureau.

My CV can be downloaded from here.


  • 2005 PhD Economics, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
  • 2003 "Marie Curie" Research Fellow, University of Munich (LMU)
  • 1998 MSc Economics and Philosophy, London School of Economics
  • 1997 BA Economics and Business, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Contributions to official Spanish Government documents

Invited papers and commissioned reports

a. In English

b. In Spanish or Catalan

    Work in progress

    • Non-price competitiveness factors and the policy debate in the Euro Area.
    • Budgeting procedures and fiscal stance of OECD countries in the wake of global economic crisis”, joint with Yulia Kasperskaya.
    • Reforms in public sector budgeting and financial management: the case of Spain from the EU perspective”, joint with Yulia Kasperskaya.
    • Principal's Self-Confidence in a Dynamic Agency”
    • Reliable Expertise with Communication”
    • Media Location and Political Influence”
    Media and popular press

    Contact information

    Ramon Xifré
    Escola Superior de Comerç Internacional (ESCI-UPF)
    Pg. Pujades 1
    08003 Barcelona (Spain)

    Tel. (+34) 93 295 47 10 - ext. 203
    email: ramon.xifre@esci.upf.edu