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


A. Economic Policy

Contributions to official Spanish Government documents
 Policy papers in English

VoxEu.org columns

Policy papers and reports in Spanish or Catalan

B. Academic papers and working papers 

Published papers
  • R. Xifré and Y. Kasperskaya (2016). "Gasto público en I+D+i en España: análisis y propuestas", Papeles de Economía Española, No. 147, 92-107. (Downloadable as working paper).
  • J. Puig and R. Xifré (2009). "Umbrales de pobreza e ingresos salariales en Filipinas, México y Polonia. Una comparativa con España". Estudios Económicos de Desarrollo Internacional, Vol. 9-2. (Downloadable as working paper)

Working papers

C. Media contributions
  • Opinion articles in El Periodico de Catalunya: here in Catalan and here in Spanish.
  • Opinion articles in El País: here.

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