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.

In 2013 I started up the project SpanishReforms, a web that monitors economic policy reforms in Spain, with the support of FUNCAS and the PPSRC-IESE.

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

Working papers

VOX columns

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