Contact details:

Manuel García-Santana

Research Interests: Macroeconomics: Trade, Growth and Development.

I am a macroeconomist with special interests in trade and aggregate productivity.

I am an assistant professor of economics at UPF, affiliated Professor at Barcelona GSE, and CEPR Research Affiliate.

CV [pdf]


  1. The Reservation Laws in India and the Misallocation of Production Factors, Journal of Monetary Economics, 2014, 66, 193-209

   (joint with Josep Pijoan-Mas)

   Working paper [pdf]

   Technical Appendix [pdf]

  1. Distortions and the Size Distribution of Plants: Evidence from Cross-Country Data, SERIES: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association, 2015, 6(3), 279-312.

  (joint with Roberto Ramos)

  Working Paper [pdf]

Working Papers:

  1. Competition and the Welfare Gains from Transportation Infrastructure: Evidence from the Golden Quadrilateral in India

    (joint with Jose Asturias and Roberto Ramos)

    Working Paper [pdf]

    Technical Appendix [pdf]

    Awarded the Young Economist Prize at JEI 2015

    Awarded a PEDL grant from the CEPR [project page]

  1. From Final Goods to Inputs: the Cascade Effect of Preferential Rules of Origin

  (joint with Paola Conconi, Laura Puccio, and Roberto Venturini)

  CEPR Working Paper 11084 [pdf]

  Featured in a Vox column

  1. Growing like Spain: 1995-2007

  (joint with Enrique Moral-Benito, Josep Pijoan-Mas, and Roberto Ramos)

  CEPR Working Paper 11144 [pdf]

  Coverage in The Economist, El País (in Spanish), El Mundo (in Spanish), Nada es Gratis (in Spanish)

  Shortlisted for the 2016 Vanguardia de la Ciencia award (interview, in Spanish)

  Featured in a Vox column


  1. Foreign Firms, Distribution of Income, and the Welfare of Developing Countries

   Working Paper [pdf]

Work in Progress:

  1. Investment Demand and Structural Change

  (joint with Josep Pijoan-Mas and Lucciano Villacorta)

  1. Austerity Policies and Regional Misallocation

  (joint with Laura Alfaro and Enrique Moral-Benito)

  1. Doing Business the Spanish Way: Public Procurement and Firm Performance