Future managers must understand the macroeconomic context and the socio-economic factors that affect the business environment in which they make decisions. To prepare them, IESE's Department of Economics focuses on the analysis of critical socio-economic factors which affect the business environment. Paramount among the department's areas of study is the macroeconomic context of a free market economy. One of the department's key areas of research involves the role of government in fostering a favorable environment for business development, particularly policies relating to labor markets, technology and social programs. Importance is also given to the international business context especially emerging economies. Department members have held public office and acted as advisors for the Spanish government both on the national and regional level. They also have experience as members of international organizations like the World Bank and think tanks such as CESifo.
Coursework includes Global Economics, Applied International Economics, Emerging Economies, Ideologies, and Markets, Competition and Government.
Through their research, the department’s faculty is exploring the most current and influential economic topics.
The department produces the monthly newsletter, IESE’s International Economic Overview where its members contribute their opinions on current issues in financial and general media.
Association of Competition Economics (ACE) - Spanish Meeting
Conference on the Economics of the Public-Private Partnerships
Several Workshops on Industrial Organization
Armand Carabén Workshop on Sports Economics