I am an economist working on political economy and development economics, which often draw me into economic history. Key topics that I study include: the relation between (political and economic) institutions and economic performance; mass media effects in politics and economics; the political roots and consequences of violence and state weakness; electoral fraud and clientelism; and fiscal theory and policy issues, especially political economy.
I have been a Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar (2015) at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) at Harvard University, Visiting Scholar (2017) at the Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the University of Chicago, where I am a Faculty Affiliate, and Visiting Associate Professor of Economics at MIT (2018).
I direct CEDE, the research center of the Department of Economics at Universidad de los Andes. I am an editor of Economia, the Journal of Lacea, and a member of EGAP and HiCN. With Giorgio Chiovelli, I organize the Virtual Latin American Network in Economic HistOry and Political Economy, LANE HOPE.