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

GDP growth could be between 0.6% and 0.7% t/t in 2Q19, which, if confirmed, would introduce an upward bias on BBVA Research's growth forecast for 2019 (2.2% a/a). Domestic spending continues to lead economic activity, although exports could have regained some traction
The growth of the Spanish economy may stand between 0.6% and 0.8% QoQ during 2Q19, which would introduce an upward bias on BBVA Research's forecast for 2019 (2.2%). Domestic spending leads the advance of activity and uncertainty over external demand remains high.
The Spanish economy grew by 0.7% QoQ (2.4% YoY) in 1Q19. According to INE (Instituto Nacional de Estadística — Spanish National Statistics Institute), domestic demand accounted for much of this growth (0.5 pp QoQ/2.2 pp YoY) thanks to the stability of consumption and the recovery of investment. External demand also grew (0.2 pp QoQ/0.2 pp YoY), as the fall in imports far exceeded that of exports.