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Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets


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Barcelona Graduate School of Economics


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Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics

Policy-makers are often forced to make decisions under conditions of uncertainty, but the results of these decisions may directly influence a country’s overall economic performance.
 

While a thorough understanding of aggregate economy dynamics is necessary for success, it is not entirely sufficient. Organizations must also be knowledgeable of the many sources of aggregate risk and uncertainty, and must rely on the analytical tools available to study the aggregate economy.


Students in the Barcelona GSE Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program will obtain relevant knowledge about the central issues in Macroeconomic and Financial Economics analysis, as well as the key tools, data, models, and techniques now being used by public and private institutions.


Financial and consulting firms increasingly utilize complex economic theories. Students will not only learn how to use these modeling and statistical techniques, but will conduct an independent master's project to learn how to apply these new skills to real empirical work.


Our program also offers students guest seminars and lectures by international academics and practitioners.


A closing conference will be held as an interactive forum between the academic and professional worlds. The presentation and discussion of students' applied work will be combined with expert talks covering both institutional topics as well as the presentation of original academic research.


This program covers economic models such as the dynamic stochastic general equilibrium (DSGE), vector autoregression (VAR), and autoregressive conditional heteroskedasticity (ARCH). Our graduates are prepared with an expert grasp of aggregate economy and financial function fundamentals, able to build macroeconomic and market forecasts - skills that consulting firms, investment banks, and government agencies are all in need of.


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Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics: Course Content

Program schedule

Given the applied, quantitative nature of this program, students will need to furnish their own laptop computer.


In the Fall Term, all Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program students are required to take a mathematics, statistics, and computer tools brush-up course.

In the Winter term, students will have the opportunity to take a course in Text mining and web scraping with R. This course is not mandatory, but highly recommended.

A master project, which will be supervised in regular meetings with an advisor, will allow each student to put their knowledge into practice and improve their writing and exposition skills.

By the end of the program, students must complete 60 ECTS (a total of 6 mandatory courses and 9 elective courses)
 

What skills and knowledge will I acquire in this program?

Deep knowledge of the economic theory behind macroeconomic models of financial markets

Comprehension of the dynamics affecting financial and policy-oriented decision-making

Numerical methods and simulation techniques applied to quantitative macroeconomics, policy design, and evaluation

Precise econometric techniques required for a state-of-the-art applied analysis

Ability to create and deliver technical and executive reports and publicly communicate and discuss research work


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Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics: Career

Who hires Macro graduates?

Consulting Firms
Financial Services
Government & Authorities
International Organizations / Non-profits
Research & Academic Institutions
Other Industries

 

Macro alumni career paths

An overview of Macro career paths for recent cohorts (Class of 2016, 2017, 2018)
 

Most Macro alumni (89%) enter or return to the professional work force

11% continue their education in a PhD or other post-graduate program

Most common industries: Financial Services, Government and Authorities

Cities with most Macro alumni: Frankfurt, Barcelona, London, Paris, Santo Domingo


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Macroeconomic Policy and Financial Markets Program at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics: Admission

Who will benefit from this program?

Graduates in Economics, Business Administration, and Engineering
Junior analysts and other professionals at central banks and public institutions seeking to improve their profile
Prospective PhD students looking for a solid master's program in Economics


At the Barcelona GSE we look for excellence and talent. Key elements of a strong application are a high GPA, a sound statement of purpose and a standout reference letter. Strong knowledge in Economics and good quantitative skills are also recommended.


Application requirements

An undergraduate/bachelor/grado/laurea, or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university (for Bologna degrees, a minimum of 180 ECTS are required).

A typical applicant would hold a University Diploma in Economics, Finance, Engineering, Mathematics, Statistics or Business Administration. See our Student Profile for more detailed information.

An advanced level of English language skills: TOEFL score of 90 or better / IELTS Academic Test score of 6.5 or better


Not required but highly recommended:
GRE General Test

 

Note that the fulfillment of the application requirements does not guarantee admission. Candidates will also be evaluated on the following admission criteria:

Outstanding academic record
Quantitative skills
Reference letters


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Institution

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics


Location: Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Ciutadella Campus Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27
08005 Barcelona
Spanien
Catalonia
T   +34 93 542 12 34
E   admissions@barcelonagse.eu

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Barcelona

Field of study

Business & Economics, Social Sciences

Degree

Master's Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Language

English

Start

fall/winter semester

Application deadline

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Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 9 months

Tuition fees EU: 16500 EUR / total costs

Tuition fees Non EU: 16500 EUR / total costs

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Facts about the Masters programme

Location

Barcelona

Field of study

Business & Economics, Social Sciences

Degree

Master's Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis

Language

English

Start

fall/winter semester

Application deadline

ask the institution

Type of study

Full-time

Duration of study: 9 months

Tuition fees EU: 16500 EUR / total costs

Tuition fees Non EU: 16500 EUR / total costs

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