Luis Garicano has developed an extensive academic career at the University of Chicago, where he attained the rank of full professor of Economics and Strategy, and the London School of Economics, where he has been Full Professor of Economics and Strategy and head of the Managerial Economics and Strategy Group; in addition, he has been visiting professor at other institutions, among others MIT and London Business School. Likewise, he has held positions as an economist of the European Commission and McKinsey & Company, where he has also held a named chair with the FEDEA foundation. He is currently on leave of his post as Full Professor and Head of the Center for the Digital Economy at IE Business School. He has been teaching as a Professor or Visiting Professor the Competitive Strategy at the Executive MBA of the University of Chicago for two decades.
Garicano’s research focuses on the impact of management practices and technology on aggregate economic variables like the wage distribution, productivity or economic growth. He has also studied how specific digital technologies are transforming the economy, such as for instance business to business electronic commerce, portable computing, enterprise resource planning or, currently, blockchain. His research has shown that it is the interaction between technology and its implementation, through organizational change, that really matters to induce productivity and change. His current lines of research also include building the institutions to avoid new the economic crisis in the Eurozone. The European Central Bank and the European Commission are currently considering officially some of the solutions for the design of the Eurozone (such as the European Safe Bonds ESBies) that he proposed with a broader group of economists (“euro-nomics”).
Luis Garicano holds bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Law from Universidad de Valladolid, a Master’s degree in European Economic Studies from the College of Europe in Bruges, and a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.
He has contributed as a columnist to international and Spanish media including Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, El País and El Mundo.
His research appears in leading international academic journals such as The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Journal of Political Economy, The American Economic Review and The Review of Economic Studies.