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Jordi Gual


Professor of Economics at the IESE Business School
Non-executive Chairman of VidaCaixa

Areas of expertise

  • Industrial organization (telecommunications, banking, digital markets)
  • Regulation and competition policy
  • European integration
  • Macroeconomics and Finance

Short Biography

Jordi Gual holds a PhD in Economics (1987) from the University of California at Berkeley and he is a Professor of Economics at the IESE Business School, and a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) in London. Mr. Gual is Chairman of the Board of Directors of VidaCaixa since April 2021. He also sits on the Board of Directors of Telefónica and on the Supervisory Board at Erste Group Bank. He is also Vice President of Círculo de Economía and he serves on the board of CEDE Foundation. Between 2016 and 2021, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of CaixaBank. Prior to this appointment, he was Chief Economist and Head of Strategic Planning and Research for CaixaBank and Director-General of Planning and Strategic Development for CriteriaCaixa. Jordi Gual joined the “la Caixa” Group in 2005. He has been a member of the Board of Directors of Repsol and served as an economics advisor for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Economic and Financial Affairs in Brussels and as a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, the Université Libre de Bruxelles and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics.  His work on banking, European integration, regulation and competition policy has been widely published. In 1999 he was awarded the Research Prize from the European Investment Bank and in 1979 the Extraordinary Award for his degree in Economics and Business. He has also been a Fulbright Scholar.

Selected publications

Articles in other publications

  • GUAL, J., VIDELA, P. (2021). Can we emerge from our current debt trap? IESEconomics.
  • GUAL, J., VIDELA, P. (2021). ¿Podemos salir de la actual trampa de deuda? IESEconomics.
  • TORRENS, L., GUAL, J. (2005). El riesgo de deslocalización industrial en España ante la ampliación de la Unión Europea. Papeles de Economía Española (103), pp. 173 - 186.
  • GUAL, J., TORRENS, L. (2004). La competitivitat de la indústria catalana. Revista Económica de Catalunya (49-50), pp. 83 - 100.
  • GUAL, J. (2004). L’Impacte econòmic de l’ampliació de la Unió Europea. Barcelona Metròpolis Meditarrània Monogràfic (5), pp. 22 - 26.


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