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 in Q3 could be around 0.5% QoQ, a slightly weaker evolution than that consistent with the BBVA Research outlook for 2019 (2.3% YoY). Partial economic indicators show some signs of weakness on domestic demand and job creation, while external demand could grow again
After the downward surprise in the second quarter of 2019, the growth of the Spanish economy could be around 0.5% t/t during Q3. The available data reinforces the perception that domestic demand has slowed, while external demand is regaining some traction. Moreover, the slowdown in job creation is confirmed
The Spanish economy decelerated by 0.2pp to 0.5% QoQ (2.3% YoY) in Q2. Domestic demand explained the moderation in growth (0.2pp QoQ; 1.6pp YoY) due to the unexpected slowdown in consumption and investment. The contribution of external demand increased (0.3pp QoQ; 0.7pp YoY)