The Lluís Fina Prize

Lluís Fina i Sanglàs (1942-2000) was one of the pioneers in the development and progress of labour economics in Spain. He developed his career in the Spanish Ministry of Labour and Social Security, the European Commission’s Employment and Social Affairs Directorate-General, and the Department of Applied Economics of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona as Associate Professor.

He was a tireless promoter of ideas, publications and even associations related to labour market which, he believed, had to be studied from a broad perspective. He considered historical, sociological, legal and economic aspects to be fundamental in the study of a market as unique as the labour market. He was convinced, in addition, that all academic activity made no sense without practical action and true social and economic incidence. In his view, the final target of any academic research was to help with the correct functioning of the labour market by advising on the design of policies and institutions. With his death, we lost not only a good person but also an advocate of rigorous research, someone who was open to different ideas and clear on his ultimate goal: to help improve the living and working conditions of all people.

To keep his spirit alive, the Scientific Committee of the Jornadas de Economía Laboral and some attached colleagues launched the Lluís Fina Prize in 2003. Its main purpose is to honour and especially keep alive a way to understand how the analysis of the problems associated to the labour market must be approached.

Awarded papers “Premio Lluís Fina”:

- X AWARD (2021) (Sponsored by AEET)


Tomi Kyyrä (VATT Institute for Economic Research in Helsinki), José M. Arranz (Universidad de Alcalá) and Carlos García-Serrano (Universidad de Alcalá) for the paper entitled "Does subsidized part-time employment help unemployed workers to find full-time employment?", published in Labour Economics, Vol.56, 2019, pp.68-83.


Manuel Flores (Universidad Internacional de Cataluña), Melchor Fernández (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) and Yolanda Pena-Boquete (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) for the paper entitled "The impact of health on wages: Evidence from Europe before and during the Great Recession" published in Oxford Economic Papers, Vol 72(2), 2020, 319-346.

- IX AWARD (2019) (Sponsored by Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona and AEET)

Lorenzo Cappellari (Università delSacro Cuore) and Antonio Di Paolo (Universidad de Barcelona) for their paper “Bilingual schooling and earnings:Evidence from a languag-in-education reform”, published in Economics of Education Review vol. 64 pp. 90-101,2018.

- VIII AWARD (2017) (Sponsored by Fundación Juan Urrutia)

Rodolfo G. Campos (Bank of Spain) and Illiana Regio (Bank of Spain) for their paper “Consumption in the shadow of unemployment”, published in European Economic Review vol. 78, pp. 139-45, 2015.

- VII AWARD (2015) (Sponsored by Fundación Juan Urrutia and the Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona)

María Cervini-Plá (Universidad de Gerona), Xavier Ramos (Universidad Autònoma de Barcelona) and José I. Silva (Universidad de Gerona) for their paper “Wage Effects of Non-wage Labour Costs”, published in European Economic Review vol. 72, pp. 113–137, 2014.

- VI AWARD (2013) (Sponsored by la Fundación Juan Urrutia)

Patricia Suárez (Universidad de Oviedo), Matías Mayor (Universidad de Oviedo) and Begoña Cueto (Universidad de Oviedo) for their paper “The accessibility to employment offices in the Spanish labour market”, published in Papers in Regional Science, vol. 91, nº 4, pp. 823–848, 2012.


Elisabet Motellón (Universidad de Barcelona), Enrique López-Bazo (Universidad de Barcelona) y Mayssun El-Attar (Universidad de Barcelona) for their paper “Regional heterogeneity in wage distributions: evidence from Spain”, published in Journal of Regional Science, vol. 51, nº 3, pp. 558-584, 2011.

- V AWARD (2011) (Sponsored by the Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración)

Hipólito Simón (Universidad de Alicante) for his paper "International differences in wage inequality: a new Glance with European matched employer-employee data", published in British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 48, nº 2, pp. 310-346, 2010.

- IV AWARD (2009) (Sponsored by the Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración)

Roberto Bande (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), Melchor Fernández (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) and Víctor Montuenga (Universidad de Zaragoza) for their paper “Regional unemployment in Spain: disparities, business cycle and wage setting”, published in Labour Economics, vol. 15, nº 5, pp. 885-914, 2008.

- III AWARD (2007) (Sponsored by the Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales)

José Ignacio García Pérez (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) and Yolanda Rebollo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) for their paper “Wage changes through job mobility in Europe: a multinomial endogenous switching approach”, published in Labour Economics, vol. 12, nº 4, pp. 531-555, 2005.

- II AWARD (2005) (Sponsored by the Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales)

Juan Ignacio Palacio (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) and Hipólito Simón (Universidad de Alicante) for their paper “Dispersión salarial entre establecimientos y desigualdad salarial en España”, published in Revista de Economía Aplicada, vol. XII, nº 36, pp. 47-81, 2004.

- I AWARD (2003) (Sponsored by Banco de Santander y la Fundación Alternativas).

Carlos García Serrano (Universidad de Alcalá) and Miguel Ángel Malo (Universidad de Salamanca) for their paper “Worker turnover, job turnover and collective bargaining in Spain”, published in British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 40, nº 1, pp. 69-85, 2002.

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