Curriculum Vitae

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McMaster University, KTH-419

1280 Main Street West

Hamilton, Ontario

Canada L8S 4M4

Phone: +1 905 525 9140 ext. 23819


Citizenship: Spanish, Canadian Permanent Resident



2013: Ph.D. Economics, IDEA - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Supervisor: Juan Carlos Conesa Roca

Visiting the University of Minnesota (Fall 2011) and Minneapolis Fed (August 2012)

2010: M.A. Economics, IDEA - Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Supervisor of the Master Thesis: Juan Carlos Conesa Roca

2008: B.A. Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra


2020 - present, Associate Professor, McMaster University.

2020 - 2021, Resident Academic, Bank of Canada.

2013 - 2020, Assistant Professor, McMaster University.


∙ Gains from Trade with Variable Trade Elasticities (with W. J. Brooks), International Economic Review, vol. 60(4), November 2019, 1619-1646.

∙ Trade Liberalization and Firm Productivity: Estimation Methods Matter (with J. M. Kealey and C. Sosa-Padilla), Economic Inquiry, vol. 57(3), July 2019, 1272-1283.

∙ The Curious Incident of Luxury Imports during the Top-Income Surge (with S. Houle and M. R. Veall), Economics Bulletin, vol. 39(2), June 2019, 1479-1487.

∙ The Canadian Productivity Stagnation, 2002-2014 (with J. C. Conesa), Canadian Journal of Economics, vol. 52(2), May 2019, 561-583.

∙ Capital Accumulation and the Welfare Gains from Trade (with W. J. Brooks), Economic Theory, vol. 66(2), August 2018, 491-523.

∙ Quantitative Trade Models: Developments and Challenges (with T. J. Kehoe and J. Rossbach), Annual Review of Economics, vol. 9, August 2017, 295-325.

∙ Fiscal Discipline and Defaults (with G. Fernandez de Cordoba and J. L. Torres), Review of Economic Dynamics, vol. 24, March 2017, 1-13 (lead article).

∙ The Opportunity Costs of Entrepreneurs in International Trade (with T. J. Kehoe and K. J. Ruhl), Economics Letters, vol. 146, September 2016, 1-3.

∙ Policy Distortions and Aggregate Productivity: the Role of Idiosyncratic Shocks (with J. M. Da-Rocha), The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, vol. 11 (Topics), Article 35, 2011.

In Spanish

∙ Eficiencia y Equilibrio en un Modelo de Formación de Derechos de Propiedad (with J. M. Da-Rocha and J. Sempere), El Trimestre Económico, vol. LXXXI (3), núm. 323, julio-septiembre, 2014, 579-593.

Not peer-reviewed

∙ Improving the Analysis of Trade Policy (with T. J. Kehoe and J. Rossbach), Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Economic Policy Paper, 18-1, January 2018.

Working Papers and Work in Progress

∙ The Neoclassical Growth Model and the Labor Share Decline (with Z. L. Mahone and J. Naval).

∙ Optimal Design and Quantitative Evaluation of the Minimum Wage (with Z. L. Mahone).

∙ Improving Applied General Equilibrium Models of Trade Liberalization (with T. J. Kehoe, J. Rossbach and K. J. Ruhl).

∙ The Cost of Trade Disruptions at Different Stages of Development (with J. C. Conesa, M. J. Delventhal, and G. Raveendranathan).

∙ Calculating the Equilibria of Heterogeneous-Firm Trade Models (with T. J. Kehoe and K. J. Ruhl).


∙ 2020: Ontario Ministry of Finance.

∙ 2019: V Winter Macroeconomics Workshop in Bellaterra, Midwest Macroeconomics Group (Atlanta), Canadian Economic Association (Banff), Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (Ischia), University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, II Workshop of the Spanish Macroeconomics Network (Bellaterra), University of Guelph.

∙ 2018: University of Wilfrid Laurier, University of Georgetown - Qatar, Canadian Economic Association Meetings (Montreal), University of Edinburgh, "Productivity, Aggregate Efficiency and Labor: Latest Advances" (Notre Dame), Brock University, Bank of Canada, Universitat de Barcelona, Simposio de la Asociación Española de Economía (Madrid).

∙ 2017: University of Calgary, Bank of Canada, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (Faro), Society of Economic Dynamics (Edinburgh), University of Guelph, Universidad Complutense de Madrid.

∙ 2016: Universitat de Girona, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, "Productivity, Aggregate Efficiency and Labor: Latest Advances" (Notre Dame), University of Windsor, Western University, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México, Banco de México, Simposio de la Asociación Española de Economía (Bilbao).

∙ 2015: Michigan State University, Stony Brook University, Universidad de Murcia, Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (Cambridge).

∙ 2014: Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory (Tokyo), Brock University, University of Waterloo, Ryerson University.

∙ 2013: McMaster University, University of Missouri, University of Konstanz, University of Mannheim, LMU Munich, Barcelona GSE Forum, York University.

∙ 2012: ENTER Jamboree (Tilburg), XVII Workshop on Dynamic Macroeconomics (Soutomaior), European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society (Konztanz), Simposio de la Asociación Española de Economía (Vigo).

∙ 2011: Universidade de Vigo, XVI Workshop on Dynamic Macroeconomics (Soutomaior), European Workshop on General Equilibrium Theory (Bayona).


∙ "International R&D Spillovers and Asset Prices," by Santacreu and Gavazzoni, CMSG, 2015.

∙ "Access to Intermediate Inputs: Costs, Variety and Quality Impacts," by Lileeva and Trefler, CEA meetings, 2015.

∙ "Quality Upgrading and Price Heterogeneity: Evidence from Brazilian Manufacturing Exporters," by Flach, ENTER Jamboree 2011.

Referee for

American Economic Review: Insights, B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Economic Inquiry, Economic Journal, Economic Theory, Economica, Economics Letters, Empirical Economics, International Economic Review, Insight Grant for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Journal of Applied Economics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of International Trade and Economic Development, Review of Economic Dynamics, Review of International Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, SERIEs.

Graduate supervision


∙ Oliver Loertscher, McMaster, expected 2025 with Brueggemann, Mahone, Raveendranathan.

∙ Thomas Palmer, McMaster, expected 2024, with Brueggemann, Mahone, Raveendranathan.

∙ Stephanie Houle, McMaster, 2018, with Veall, Raveendranathan. Placement: Statistics Canada. Current job: Bank of Canada.

∙ Ramses Y. Armendáriz, Minnesota, 2016, with Kehoe. Placement: Monmouth College. Current job: UI at Urbana-Champaign.

Committee member:

∙ Johnny Cotoc, McMaster, expected 2022 with Johri, Raveendranathan.

∙ Muhebullah Karimzada, McMaster, expected 2021 with Johri, Letendre.

∙ Md. Mahbubur Rahman, McMaster, 2019, with Johri, Letendre. Placement: Statistics Canada.

∙ Terry Yip, McMaster, 2018, with Johri, Letendre. Placement: Research Coordinator at McMaster.

∙ John M. Kealey, McMaster, 2016. A: Racine. C: Sosa-Padilla.

Conference and workshop organization

∙ Co-organizer of the Annual Workshop of South Ontario Macro Economists, McMaster University, 2017, 2018, 2019, Hamilton, Ontario.

∙ Co-organizer of the Junior Faculty Workshop at McMaster, McMaster University, 2016, Hamilton, Ontario.

∙ Co-organizer of the Workshop on International Economics, McMaster University, 2015, Hamilton, Ontario.

∙ Co-organizer of the Canadian Macroeconomics Study Group meetings, McMaster University, 2014, Hamilton, Ontario.

∙ External organizer of Productivity, Aggregate Efficiency and Labor: Latest Advances, University of Notre Dame du Lac, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 South Bend, Indiana.

∙ Organizer of the McMacro seminar series at McMaster University, 2013, 2014.

∙ Organizer of the Workshop of Internal Macro Presentations at McMaster University, 2018.

Contributions to blogs

∙ No tenemos buenos modelos para predecir el impacto del proteccionismo (with T. J. Kehoe and J. Rossbach), Foco Económico, May 2nd, 2017.

∙ Predecir el impacto de comercio sobre las industrias de un país: no lo hacemos bien, pero podemos mejorar (with T. J. Kehoe and J. Rossbach), Nada es Gratis, May 18th, 2017.

∙ Cuñadismo estilizado (sobre la fracción del PIB que se llevan los trabajadores), Nada es Gratis, December 26th, 2017.

Teaching Experience

McMaster University, Department of Economics

∙ Macroeconomic Theory I (723), Fall 2021 (joint with Johri).

∙ Economics Specialist Seminar (4AA3), Winter 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

∙ Advanced Economic Theory II (4TT3), Winter 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020.

∙ Honours Seminar in Economics (4A03), Winter 2016.

∙ International Trade (3HH3), Fall 2014, 2018 (x2), 2019, 2021, Winter 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018.

∙ Topics in International Economics (753), Winter 2014 (joint with Demidova).

∙ Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics (742), Fall 2013, 2021, Winter 2016 (joint with Johri), Fall 2019.

∙ International Trade, Development and Investment (751), Fall 2013 (joint with Demidova), Fall 2016, 2017, 2021, Winter 2016.

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Teaching Assistant)

∙ Macroeconomics II (Graduate), Spring 2012.

∙ Macroeconomics (Undergraduate), Spring 2012.

∙ Dynamic General Equilibrium Macroeconomics (Graduate), Fall 2012.

∙ Macroeconomics I (Graduate), Fall 2010.

∙ Advanced Macroeconomics II (Undergraduate), Spring 2010 and Spring 2011.

∙ Econometrics (Undergraduate), Fall 2009.

Other institutions

∙ Computation II (Master), Spring 2012. Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Lecturer)

∙ International Economics (Master), Fall 2009. Institut de Barcelona d'Estudis Internacionals (Teaching Assistant)

∙ Microeconomics II (Undergraduate), Spring 2008. Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Department of Economics and Business (Teaching Assistant)

Research Grants

∙ Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Insight Grant, 2018-2021. Principal Investigator: myself. Co-PIs: Brüggemann and Mahone. Collaborators: Conesa and Naval. $82,422.

∙ Partnership to Study Productivity, Firms and Incomes as supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, 2016-2022. Principal Investigator: Veall. Co-PIs: 17 investigators including myself. $2,495,000.

∙ McMaster Incentive Grant, 2015. $5,000.

∙ Economic Department Internal Grant to fund a Research Assistant, Summer 2014. Principal Investigators: Sosa-Padilla and myself. Position given to Kealey.

∙ Arts Research Board, New Research Grant, 2013. $4,900.

∙ Fellowship Formación de Personal Investigador, Ministerio de Economia y Competitividad, 2009-2013.

∙ Fellowship Formació de Personal Investigador, UAB, 2008-2009.

Awards, Honors & Fellowships

∙ Early Career Researcher Award, McMaster University, 2019.

∙ MacCaLM Visiting Fellow, University of Edinburgh, 2018.

∙ Keynote Lecture at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics Jamboree, 2016.

∙ Workshop Prize, XVI Workshop on Dynamic Macroeconomics, 2011.

∙ Urrutia Elejalde Foundation Award for Excellence in Doctoral Studies, 2010.

∙ Proves Cangur 11th position, Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques, 2004.

∙ First Prize in Social Sciences Research, Universitat Abat Oliba, 2004.

∙ Proves Cangur 2nd position, Societat Catalana de Matemàtiques, 2003.

Departmental Administrative Responsibilities at McMaster University

∙ Graduate Studies Committee of the Department of Economics, 2018-2020.

∙ Advisory Member of the Hiring Committee of the Department of Economics, 2016-2018.

∙ Member of the ad-hoc Website Committee of the Department of Economics, 2016-2017.

∙ Member of the Research Committee of the Department of Economics, 2014-2018.

∙ Departmental Representative to School of Graduate Studies Theses Defenses, 2013-2014.


∙ Languages: Catalan (Native), Spanish (Native), English (Fluent), French (Intermediate).

∙ Translation into Catalan and into Spanish of "Fiscal policy in the EMU" by Evi Pappa. Opuscles del CREI.

∙ Panelist: Ontario Ministry of Finance CEA Panel 2018, (Montreal).

∙ Presenter at the Faculty of Social Sciences 50th Anniversary, Member of the Department of Economics, McMaster University.