Visiting Fellow Jordi Paniagua is an assistant professor of economics at the University of Valencia, a research fellow at the Institute of International Economics at the University Jaume I of Castellón, and a research fellow and Chair of Energy Sustainability at the University of Barcelona. His research encompasses international economics and business, and aims to build applied models of interconnected cross-border flows and estimate policy changes and shocks. His most recent research addresses gravity models of foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, migration, energy, and tourism, and their interplay with trade law, economic integration, financial crises, well-being, social media, social entrepreneurship, and innovation.
While academic literature has traditionally focused on economic integration, Paniagua’s fellowship project will examine a contrasting force: disintegration. His work will address the impact of de-globalizing forces – the natural or human-made dynamics that hinder international economic integration and social inclusion, examples of which include the coronavirus pandemic, Brexit, refugee crises, independence movements, and anti-immigrant sentiment. Paniagua’s goal is to advance the economics of disintegration by conducting a comprehensive analysis of FDI and deepening the understanding of the role of migration and its interconnection with trade and investment. He will also offer support during his time at Kellogg to the Initiative on International Economic Integration, a Kellogg Policy and Practice Research Lab led by Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Bergstrand.
Paniagua, who is the associate editor at the Central European Management Journal and academic editor at PlosOne, holds an MSc in telecommunication engineering from Polytechnic University of Valencia. He also holds an MSc in economics research and a PhD in economics from Catholic University of Valencia.