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.

Rules and submissions to the XI Lluís Fina Prize

  1. The aim of the Prize is to recognize both theoretical and applied research excellence in the field of labour economics.
  2. Eligible works are only those published in the year 2021.
  3. The format of the candidate studies is that of articles published in academic journals. Book chapters in collective works will also be accepted provided they have a distinct research contribution in terms of new results produced by author(s). Complete books or PhD Theses will not be accepted.
  4. There are no restrictions on the number of authors of the paper. Nevertheless, individual works by young researchers will be positively valued. In case of collective works, the Prize will be awarded to all authors.
  5. The scope of analysis for applied research should be the Spanish labor market (at the state, regional or local level) or the European labor market.
  6. There is no limitation regarding the language used in the work or its extension.
  7. The award-winning paper will be selected by a Prize Committee of three independent and leading labor economists appointed by the Management Board of the AEET. The members of the Prize Committee are non-eligible for the award.
  8. A single work will be awarded, although the Prize Committee may consider awarding second prizes or leaving it void.
  9. In the event of draw, priority will be given to authors that have not been awarded with the Lluís Fina Prize before.
  10. The Prize, including possible second prizes, will consist of 3000 euros. From this amount the corresponding statutory tax will be deducted.
  11. The Ceremony Award will be held during during the Gala Dinner of XV JEL conference.
  12. To be eligible, at least one of the authors must be registered at the XV JEL.
  13. The deadlinefor submission of papers will end on May 16th, 2022. The works should be sent to the address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , stating in the subject «LLUIS FINA PRIZE». Submitted files should be either in «doc» or «pdf» formats (please submit one single file containing text, figures, tables and appendices).

Awarded papers “Premio Lluís Fina”:

- X AWARD (2021) (Sponsored by AEET)

Award:

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.

Accésit:

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.

Accésit:

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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