Luis Díez Catalán
Luis Díez Catalán
Senior Economist

Luis Díez Catalán is a senior economist for the Spain and Portugal unit at BBVA Research. His fields of interest are macroeconomics and labor economics, and his research focuses on topics such as the global decline in labor’s share of income, the rise of wealth inequality, and the effects of employment protection legislation on labor market outcomes. 

He has been an Instructor of Economics at the University of Minnesota (USA) and a research assistant at Banco de España.

Luis holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Minnesota, he completed a Master’s Degree in Economics and Finance at the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros (CEMFI), and he holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the Universidad Pública de Navarra (UPNA).

Latest publications

At the end of the year, the economy could string together three consecutive quarters with an increase of 0.4% QoQ, below the growth observed since the beginning of the recovery (0.7% QoQ, on average). In this context, job creation has stabilized, there is a more volatile composition of demand and low inflation
It is no secret: employment has grown continuously in Spain since 2013. Social Security registrations have increased by 20% since employment began to recover — for every five people registered before, there are now almost six.
The Spanish economy could continue growing at a quarterly rate of 0.4% in 4Q19, the same as the previous two quarters. If this is confirmed, 2019 would close with an average annual increase of 2.0%, 0.4 pp less than in 2018.