Xavier Vives is professor of Economics and Finance, Abertis Chair of Regulation, Competition and Public Policy, and academic director of the Public-Private Sector Research Center at IESE Business School, and adjunct professor at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley.
He is a member of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy at the European Commission, Research Fellow of CESifo and of the Center for Economic Policy Research, where he served as Director of the Industrial Organization Program in 1991-1997. He is also a member of the Academia Europaea, Fellow of the Econometric Society since 1992, and of the European Economic Association since 2004; and Research Associate of ECGI. He is also member of the Advisory Committee for Economic Recovery and Growth of the Government of Catalonia and recently he has been appointed Special Advisor to the Vicepresident of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition, Mr Joaquín Almunia.
From 2001 to 2005 he was Professor of Economics and Finance and The Portuguese Council Chaired Professor of European Studies at INSEAD, Research Professor at ICREA-UPF, 2003-2006, and from 1991 to 2001, Director of the Institut d’Anàlisi Econòmica, CSIC. He has taught at Harvard University, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Pennsylvania, and New York University (King Juan Carlos I Chair). From 2001 to 2011 vas member of the European Economic Advisory Group at CESifo.
His fields of interest are industrial organization and regulation, the economics of information, and banking and financial economics. He has published in the main international journals and is the author of Information and Learning in Markets: the Impact of Market Microstructure (Princeton University Press, 2008), Oligopoly Pricing: Old Ideas and New Tools (MIT Press, 1999), editor of Competition Policy in Europe: Fifty Years on from the Treaty of Rome (OUP, 2009), Corporate Governance: Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives (CUP, 2000), and co-editor of Capital Markets and Financial Intermediation (CUP, 1993). He has been editor of main international academic journals and currently he is editor of the Journal of Economic Theory and co-editor of the Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.
His current research interests include dynamic rivalry, innovation and competition, banking crisis and regulation, information and financial markets, competition policy, and the location of headquarters.
He has received several research awards: King Juan Carlos I Prize in 1988; the Catalan Society for Economics Prize in 1996; the Narcís Monturiol Medal in 2002; the Catalonia Economics Prize in 2005; in 2008, an European Research Council Advanced Grant, and in 2013, the Premio Rey Jaime I de Economía.
Dr. Vives has been an advisor and consultant on competition, regulation, and corporate governance issues for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the European Commission, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, as well as for major international corporations. He is member of the board of CaixaBank and columnist for La Vanguardia, El País, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.