Javier Diaz-Gimenez

Visiting Professor
“I fell in love with economics at age 16, about 40 years ago, and the love affair is still going strong.”
(310) 923-1009
Areas of Expertise:
  • Business Cycles
  • Family Economics
  • Inequality
  • Macroeconomics
  • Monetary Economics
  • Pension Reforms
  • Tax Reforms




Javier Diaz-Gimenez is a professor of economics at IESE Business School, on sabbatical as a visiting professor at the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management through 2017.

Diaz-Jimenez obtained his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Minnesota in 1990 and has dedicated most of his professional life to research, teaching and advising in macroeconomics. His latest research explores the consequences of fiscal policy and pension system reforms. He has published the results of his research in leading professional journals such as the Journal of Political Economy and the Journal of Monetary Economics, and he has coauthored two articles with Edward C. Prescott, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2004 - "Unfortunately, with another coauthor and not with me," jokes Diaz-Jimenez.

He has authored two macroeconomics textbooks, Macroeconomics: First Concepts and Macroeconomics for Nearly Everyone. He has consulted for the economic bureau of the Spanish Prime Minister and for the Spanish Ministry of Industry, and has served in the strategic committee of Consulnor, a small investment company, and on the board of Martinsa-Fadesa, a large real estate company. In Spain he is a member of the editorial board of El Economista, an economic newspaper, and a regular economics commentator at the Cadena Cope, one of Spain's nationwide radio networks. He also makes occasional appearances in other national and international media, including the BBC, Bloomberg, The Economist, the Financial Times and NPR.

In addition to his academic research, Diaz-Gimenez says, "I am currently developing a robo-advisor that simulates lifetime earnings and pensions and encourages people to save for retirement."



Ph.D. Economics, 1990, University of Minnesota

Diplomatura de Economía, 1983, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

International Baccalaureat, 1978, UWC of the Atlantic