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”:


- VII PREMIO (2015) (Financiado por la Fundación Juan Urrutia y el Departamento Economía Aplicada I de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)


María Cervini-Plá (Universitat de Girona), Xavier Ramos (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) y José I. Silva (Universitat de Girona) por el trabajo titulado “Wage Effects of Non-wage Labour Costs”, publicado en European Economic Review Volume 72, November 2014, Pages 113–137.



- VI PREMIO (2013) (Financiado por la Fundación Juan Urrutia)



Patricia Suárez (Universidad de Oviedo), Matías Mayor (Universidad de Oviedo) y Begoña Cueto (Universidad de Oviedo) por el trabajo titulado “The accessibility to employment offices in the Spanish labour market”, publicado en Papers in Regional Science, vol. 91, nº 4, pp. 823–848, 2012.



Elisabet Motellón (Universitat de Barcelona), Enrique López-Bazo (Universitat de Barcelona) y Mayssun El-Attar (Universitat de Barcelona) por el trabajo titulado “Regional heterogeneity in wage distributions: evidence from Spain”, publicado en Journal of Regional Science, vol. 51, nº 3, pp. 558-584, 2011.


- V PREMIO (2011) (Financiado por el Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración)


Hipólito Simón (Universidad de Alicante) por el trabajo titulado "International differences in wage inequality: a new Glance with European matched employer-employee data", publicado en British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 48, nº 2, pp. 310-346, 2010.


- IV PREMIO (2009) (Financiado por el Ministerio de Trabajo e Inmigración)


Roberto Bande (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela), Melchor Fernández (Universidad de Santiago de Compostela) y Víctor Montuenga (Universidad de Zaragoza) por el trabajo titulado “Regional unemployment in Spain: disparities, business cycle and wage setting”, publicado en Labour Economics, vol. 15, nº 5, pp. 885-914, 2008.


- III PREMIO (2007) (Financiado por el Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales)


José Ignacio García Pérez (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) y Yolanda Rebollo (Universidad Pablo de Olavide) por el trabajo titulado “Wage changes through job mobility in Europe: a multinomial endogenous switching approach”, publicado en Labour Economics, vol. 12, nº 4, pp. 531-555, 2005.


- II PREMIO (2005) (Financiado por el Ministerio de Trabajo y Asuntos Sociales)


Juan Ignacio Palacio (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) e Hipólito Simón (Universidad de Alicante) por el trabajo titulado “Dispersión salarial entre establecimientos y desigualdad salarial en España”, publicado en Revista de Economía Aplicada, vol. XII, nº 36, pp. 47-81, 2004.


- I PREMIO (2003) (Financiado por Banco de Santander y la Fundación Alternativas).


Carlos García Serrano (Universidad de Alcalá) y Miguel Ángel Malo (Universidad de Salamanca) por el trabajo titulado “Worker turnover, job turnover and collective bargaining in Spain”, publicado en British Journal of Industrial Relations, vol. 40, nº 1, pp. 69-85, 2002.





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