Salvador Barberà is Emeritus Professor of Economics at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and the Barcelona GSE. He earned a PhD in Economics from Northwestern University (1975).
His research has concentrated in the fields of public economics, incentives, utility, and game theory. More specifically, he is an expert in social choice theory, the design of strategy-proof mechanisms, and the analysis of voting procedures. He has co-edited a two-volume Handbook of Utility Theory, and his publications have appeared in Econometrica, The American Economic Review, The Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, The Journal of Political Economy, Theoretical Economics, The Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Economic Behavior and Social Choice and Welfare, among others.
Salvador Barberà’s current or past editorial responsibilities include The Spanish Economic Review, Econometrica, Games and Economic Behavior, Mathematical Social Sciences and The Journal of Public Economic Theory. He served as General Secretary of Research and Technological Policies in the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science (2004-2006). Prior to that, between 2000 and 2004, he was the first director of the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), a foundation created by the Catalan Government in order to consolidate in Catalonia a group of high-level scientists of all origins. He has also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Barcelona GSE and Scientific Director of the School's Master in the Economics of Science and Innovation (2007-2012).
He is past-president of the Social Choice and Welfare Society and of the Southern European Economic Association (ASSET). He has been elected to the council and as fellow of different learned societies, including the Econometric Society, The Game Theory Society, The Social Choice and Welfare Society, The Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory and the Academia Europaea. He is a recipient of the Rey Juan Carlos and the Jaume Primer awards in Economics, the Spanish and the Catalan National Research prizes, and the Narcís Monturiol Medal, awarded by Generalitat de Catalunya. He also holds a Doctorate Honoris Causa from the Universidad Pablo de Olavide.