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Xavier Vives.


Xavier Vives


Xavier Vives Torrents, born in Barcelona in 1955, has been a member of the CaixaBank Board of Directors since 2008.

He is a Professor of Economics and Finance at the IESE Business School. He also holds a PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

He was also Professor of European Studies at the INSEAD Business School in 2001-2005; Director of the Institute of Economic Analysis at the Spanish High Council for Scientific Research in 1991-2001; and a visiting lecturer at the universities of California (Berkeley), Harvard, Pennsylvania and New York (King Juan Carlos I Chair 1999-2000), as well as the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Pompeu Fabra University.

He has also advised the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the European Commission (appointed Special Advisor to the Vice-President and European Commissioner for Competition, Joaquín Almunia), the Generalitat de Catalunya (autonomous government of Catalonia) as member of the Advisory Council for Economic Recovery and Growth (Consell Assessor per a la Reactivació Econòmica i el Creixement, or CAREC for short), and various international companies. He also served as Chairman of the Spanish Economics Association in 2008, and Deputy Chairman of the Spanish Energy Economics Association in 2006-2009, and as Duisenberg Fellow of the European Central Banka in 2015.

He is currently a director of the Aula Escola Europea, a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts and of the Europaea Academy; Research Fellow of the CESifo and of the Center for Economic Policy Research; Fellow of the European Economic Association since 2004 and Fellow of the Econometric Society since 1992.

He has published numerous articles in international journals and directed the publication of various books. He has also received several awards, including the King Juan Carlos I prize for Research in Social Sciences in 1988; the Catalan Society for Economics prize in 1996; the Narcís Monturiol Medal from the Catalonian regional government in 2002; and the Catalonia Economics Prize in 2005, in addition to the IEF Award for academic excellence for his professional career in 2012. He is also the recipient of a European Research Council Advanced Grant in 2009-2013 and was awarded the King Jaime I Award for economics in 2013.

Last updated: January 2016.

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