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Academic Positions:    


2018 - present        CEMFI, Associate Professor (with tenure)

2018 - 2019            MIT, Visiting Associate Professor of Economics

2014 - 2018            CEMFI, Associate Professor

2013 - 2014            CEMFI, Assistant Professor

2010 - 2012            Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Assistant Professor                            

Affiliations and Other Positions:

2022 -                    Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Faculty Affiliate

2022 -                    Council of the European Economic Association

2022 -                    Board of Directors of the Review of Economic Studies

2022 -                    Senior Fellow, Esade Centre for Economic Policy (EsadeEcPol)

2020 -                    Council of the Spanish Economic Association (AEE)

2017 -                    Editorial Board of the Review of Economic Studies

2017-                     BREAD, Research Affiliate

2017 -                    CEPR, Development Economics, Research Affiliate

2016 -                    IGC, Research Affiliate


2005 - 2010            Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Ph.D. in Economics

                                  (Ph.D. Committee: Daron Acemoglu, Abhijit Banerjee, Ben Olken)    

2004 - 2005            Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, (1st year Ph.D. Economics)            

2000 - 2004            Universitat Pompeu Fabra, B.A.                           

Grants (as PI), Scholarships and Awards:

2022 - 2027            ERC Consolidator Grant

2022 - 2023            La Caixa Foundation, Social Science Research Grant

2021                       Award to the Best Spanish Economist under the age of 40, Fundación Banco Sabadell

2021 - 2023            Ministry of Science and Innovation Grant (co-PI with Diego Puga)

2020 - 2025            Structural Transformation and Economic Growth (STEG) Consortium, DfID

                                co-Leader of the Political Economy Theme with Leonard Wantchekon

2019 - 2020            Europa Excelencia Grant

2018 - 2019            José Castillejos Fellowship for International Academic Visits

2016 - 2017            J-PAL Pilot Grant. “Enhancing Local Accountability: Information & Empowerment”

2015 - 2017            Fundación Ramon Areces, Grants to Fund Research in Social Sciences

2015 - 2020            Ramón y Cajal Grant, Spanish Ministry of Economics and Competitiveness

2010                       Schultz Fund, MIT

2008 - 2010            Fundación Ramón Areces Scholarship

2007 - 2008            MIT Economics Department Fellowship

2005 - 2007            Fundación Rafael del Pino Scholarship

2004 - 2005            Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona Scholarship

2003                       Universitat Pompeu Fabra, International Cooperation Scholarship

Invited Conferences and Seminar Presentations:

2022 (including scheduled): The Political Economy of Democracy and Dictatorship Conference, University of Münster (keynote speaker), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Bocconi, World Bank, Nova Lisboa, Science Po-PSE. 

2021: Princeton University, University of Chicago (Harris School), Universidad Carlos III, CREST, LSE, University of Pittsburgh, University of Geneva.

2020: University Pompeu Fabra, STEG Political Economy Inception Conference, POLECONUK Webinar, Queen Mary, Stockholm University, IIES.

2019: Harvard (Brazilian Studies Seminar), MIT (Development Seminar), Columbia University, Harvard University (x2, Religion and History Seminars), Brown University, Boston University, NBER Organizational Economics, Workshop on the Political Economy of Development and Conflict IV -UPF (discussant), IEB, 2nd Catalan Economic Society Conference, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Dept. of Applied Economics), Barcelona GSE Summer Forum (presenter & discussant), Madrid Political Economy Workship, NBER-Development Economics.

2018: University of Zurich, Calvó-Armengol International Prize Workshop, Barcelona Summer Forum (discussant), Munich Workshop on Understanding the Demand for Democracy, CfPE-Vancouver, Harvard University (Political Economy Seminar).

2017: American Economic Association Meetings (Chicago), Oxford University, Workshop on the Political Economy of Development and Conflict IV -UPF (discussant), Political Economy of Development Workshop in Warwick.

2016: Warwick/Princeton Political Economy Conference, Toulouse School of Economics, Stanford Comparative Politics Seminar, Workshop on the Political Economy of Development and Conflict IV -UPF (discussant), ECARES, SAEe (Bilbao).

2015: Yale University, RIDGE/LACEA-PEG Workshop on Political Economy, PUC-Rio, UC-Berkeley-Haas, Workshop on the Political Economy of Development and Conflict III -UPF, Barcelona GSE Summer Forum, World Congress of the Econometric Society (Montreal), KOMPAK-Jakarta, Aalto University, University of Vienna, Yale Conference on Political Economy and Development, Science Po.

2014: Bank of Spain, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, IIES, Stanford University (Development Seminar), University of California - Berkeley, London School of Economics & UCL, Workshop on the Political Economy of Development and Conflict II -UPF (discussant), Barcelona GSE Summer Forum, CEPR-PODER, European Economic Association, Navarra Center for International Development, Università Bocconi, Stanford GSB (Political Economy Group), Oxford University, Oxford Policy Management, SAEe (Palma de Mallorca), European Winter Meeting Econometric Society (Madrid).

2013: University of Edinburgh, Symposium on Economic Governance (Hong Kong Univ of Science and Technology), IEB Workshop on Fiscal Federalism, NBER-PEPF SI, JPAL-Jakarta, University of Mannheim, Universidad Carlos III, Universidad de Alicante, Universidad de Vigo, PSE-Namur

2012: CEMFI, Cornell University, University of Pennsylvania, World Bank ABCDE Conference (discussant), LACEA-PEG

2011: World Bank (Applied Economics Seminar), SAEe.

2010: IEB Universitat de Barcelona, University of Virginia, Amherst College, University of Toronto, Maryland University, NEUDC, Berkeley Center of Political Economy, SAEe.

Service to Journals, Conferences, and Evaluation Agencies:

Referee for: Econometrica, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of the European Economic Association, American Journal of Political Science, American Political Science Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Economic Journal, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, World Bank Economic Review, Economics & Politics, Southern Economic Journal, International Tax & Public Finance.

2018 - 2020 : Coordinator of the evaluation of funding proposals by the Spanish

National Evaluation Agency. (Colaboradora, Agencia Estatal de Investigación).

Scientific Council of the European Economic Association Conference (Rotterdam 2020, 2021), Lead Committee Member for Development Economics

Scientific committee of the LACEA-Political Economy Group (2018 - 2021)

Member of the Jury of the King Jaume I Economics Award  2022

Students: (Role, Graduation Year, School, Placement) 

Sophie Nottmeyer (PhD advisor, 2025 (expected))

Yanina Domenella (PhD co-advisor with Samuel Bentolila, 2025 (expected))

Christhian Maruthiah (PhD advisor, 2024 (expected))

Qianqian Shang (PhD advisor, 2024 (expected))

Yang Xun (PhD advisor, 2024 (expected))

Daniela Sola (PhD co-advisor with Paula Bustos, 2023 (expected))

Ines Berniell (co-advisor, 2015, PhD CEMFI, Universidad Nacional de la Plata)

Gustavo Fajardo (advisor, 2016, PhD CEMFI, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America)

Andreas Stegmann (advisor, 2019, PhD CEMFI, Briq Postdoc & Warwick University)

Short-term visits:

May - July 2019        Universitat Pompeu Fabra

July 2015                  Harvard University, Institute for Quantitative Social Science

April 2014                 Stanford GSB

August 2011             MIT J-PAL

Summer 2007           World Bank, DECRG

Summer 2003           University of Western Cape,  South Africa