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School of Economics and Finance

Xavier Mateos-Planas



Telephone: +44 20 7882 8841
Room Number: GC417
Office Hours: Tuesday: 4pm - 5:30pm


Xavier Mateos-Planas is currently a Professor at Queen Mary University of London. He gained a PhD from the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, and has held senior positions at the University of Southampton (UK) and at Stony Brook NY (USA).

As part of his current institutional responsibilities, he is Director of International Programmes at SEF, and a member of Queen Mary's Research Ethics Committee Panel. He has previously been co-Deputy Head of School and Director of Research at SEF.



Research Interests:

Research keywords:

  • Macroeconomics fiscal policy and taxation
  • Bankruptcy and credit constraints
  • Labour market search
  • Sovereign debt
  • Political economy

Xavier's primary research interest is in quantitative macroeconomics.

His agenda reaches across various themes, including the determination of fiscal policies, financial frictions and consumer credit regulation, sovereign debt, unemployment and inequality in the labour market, technology and development, and fertility and economic growth.

Xavier's topics of current research include specifically the implications of credit frictions for the behaviour of aggregate consumption, the role of firm-to-firm trade credit in amplifying aggregate fluctuations, the macroeconomic significance of tax evasion, and the heterogeneity of sovereign debt defaults.



  • Arellano C., Mateos-Planas X., Rios-Rull JV. (2022) "Partial Default", Journal of Political Economy, Vol 131
  • Mateos-Planas, X, Seccia,G. (2021) "Trade Credit Default",CFM Discussion Paper No CFM-DP2021-25.
  • Kotsogiannis C., Mateos-Planas X. (2019) "Tax evasion as contingent debt" CFM Discussion Paper No CFM-DP2019-03.
  • Mateos-Planas X., Seccia G. (2014) "Consumer bankruptcy with complete markets", Economic Theory.
  • Mateos-Planas X. (2013) "A model of credit limits and bankruptcy", Economics Letters.
  • Mateos-Planas X., Cuadras-Morató X. (2013) "Over education and skill-biased technical change", B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, Advances.
  • Mateos-Planas X. (2010) "Demographics and the Politics of Capital Taxation in a Life-cycle Economy". The American Economic Review, 100:1, 337-363.
  • Mateos-Planas X. (2008) "A Quantitative Theory of Social Security Without Commitment", Journal of Public Economics, 62, 652-671.


Current students:

  • Rubaiya Zaman (since 2015)
  • Gabriel Bracons (since 2020)
  • Concetta Gigante (since 2020)


Recently completed thesis:

  • Osvaldo Pericon (2020)
  • Carlos Uribe (2017)
  • Nils Gudat (2016)
  • Chris Redl (2016)
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