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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds You were from Austria, aren’t you? Yes, yes, I’m from the University of Vienna. Oh, nice city Vienna. Which part of Barcelona do you live here? Actually, now I’m living in the high of the city, in “barri gòtic”. Oh “barri gòtic”, lots of people there right? Oh, yes! Oh my God! “La Rambla” and all of that. Do you know other parts of the city? Oh yes, there’s so many beautiful places like “Eixample”, “Tibidabo” o “Los Búnkers”. Oh “Búnkers”, very nice. But did you meet people everywhere? Oh my god, yes! There’s so many tourism. Like, you live mainly on tourism, aren’t you?

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds Well, tourism is a very important aspect of our economy and Barcelona is the most visited city but it’s not the only one. We’ve organized this course, just to answer to people like you students interested in knowing all other aspects of our economy and society. We can start watching and hearing some professors talking about the economy and society. Yes, please! Let’s join! My name is Oriol Amat. My name is Guillem López Casasnovas. I am a professor of Financial economics here at UPF. I am a professor in Public economics at Pompeu Fabra University. And I am a member of the Catalan Parliament.

Skip to 1 minute and 37 seconds And I’m going to talk about community welfare, social capital and some of the things that usually are behind the economics. To fully understand how any society runs it’s necessary to take into account its financial assets. The amount of capital a society has and the way in which this capital is produced and distributed determine the well-being of both companies and the population as a whole. Each territory has some special traits that make it unique distinctive products, peculiar customs, and a few characteristic companies. These factors play a key role in the economy’s operation.

Skip to 2 minutes and 17 seconds Achieving a model that takes advantage of these traits for benefit creates a balance for everyone is thoroughly complex task and for this reason, experts on the matter are essential Oriol Amat Natàlia Mas and Guillem López-Casasnovas will help us in understanding what Catalonia’s strengths and weaknesses are from an economic point of view. Likewise, taking into account a historical perspective they will help us to comprehend the behavior of the Catalan economy and to realize what the key points for its future evolution will be. We will see that Catalonia is a territory where the public sector is of utmost importance. We will also consider the ways in which it is a region with great possibilities for economic growth.

Skip to 3 minutes and 3 seconds We will explain how Catalonia fits into the Spanish State and the European Union and expand on the relationships shared between these governing bodies. Finally, we will dedicate time to analyze the devastating effects of the economic crisis we will debate to what extent this crisis has been overcome and we will analyze possible consequences looking towards the future.

Introduction to Economy

In this video, Anna and Màrius introduce you to the third week of the course.

This week, you’ll meet the following experts:

  • Oriol Amat
  • Natàlia Mas
  • Guillem López-Casasnovas

They will help you understand the history the Catalan economy, its current strengths and weaknesses – and its prospective future.

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Getting to Know Catalonia: An Introduction to the Catalan Language, Culture and Society

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