I am currently an Economist in the Human Development Team of the World Bank's Development Research Group. My primary research fields are development economics and economics of education, with a focus on violence and crime.
Combining experimental and non-experimental approaches, one strand of my research agenda studies how educational interventions and infrastructure projects implemented in developing countries can produce short- and long-term effects on their economic outcomes. I also empirically analyze the interaction between crime and welfare, noting how criminal organizations usually harm countries' economic growth path.
I have built original datasets from the ground up, by combining datasets from administrative and geographic records, with primary data collected by myself. I have additional ongoing joint research projects in Chile, Ecuador, and Nicaragua.
I obtained my Ph.D. and Master in Economics from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2018 and 2016, respectively. I got my B.A. in Economics from ESEN in El Salvador, the country where I was born and raised.
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“Los caminos en la mitad del mundo”: Long-term effects of roads on economic development in Ecuador. Joint with Julio Galárraga.
Who is under control? Political Lobbying under Democracy and Weak Institutions. Work in progress.
PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD CATOLICA DE CHILE
Introduction to Economics. 2016-2017.
Economics of Social Policies. 2015, 2017.
Game Theory. 2015, 2016.
Economics of Public Policies. 2015, 2017.
Applied Econometrics. 2014.
Time Series Theory. 2015.
Advanced Game Theory, 2015.
Impact Evaluation Training J-PAL, 2016.
Quantitative Economics and Game Theory and Negotiation. MBA, 2016.
ESCUELA SUPERIOR DE ECONOMIA Y NEGOCIOS, El Salvador
Topics in Development Economics. 2017. Lecturer.
Economics and Business. 2012, 2013.
Microeconomics and Industrial Organization. 2008-2009.
HOCHSCHULE FURTWANGEN, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
Economics and Culture in Latin America. 2012.
Doing Business in Latin America. 2012.