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Franco Esteban Cattaneo Blanchod


Franco Esteban Cattaneo Blanchod was born in Barcelona (Spain) in 1990 into an Argentine family. He was raised and lived in Buenos Aires (Argentina) until 2003 when he moved back to Spain. There he successfully completed a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra with a stay abroad of a semester at University of Amsterdam. He also holds a Master’s degree in Economics from Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. In his leisure time he likes hiking, listening to music, and watching football matches of his beloved River Plate.

Research Interests

Economic Theory

Game Theory

Industrial Organization

Why I chose the University of Mannheim and in particular the GESS

The PhD program looked very well structured and interesting. Also, the department has very good professors in the fields I am interested in (i.e. Microeconomics, Industrial Organization).

The best part of being a doctoral student here

I really like the fact that the program is always opened to improvements in the organization and courses. Professors are reachable and kind.

A description of my fellow doctoral students

Very serious and hard-working people.

My most challenging experience within the program

I have not had many experiences so far, since I am starting the second year. However, the first semester was really tough and demanding. It was a real challenge.

My advice for prospective students

Get acommodation before coming to the city, it is pretty difficult.