Research interests: Political Economy and Economic History.

Working Papers

Collective Action in Networks

Revise and resubmit, Journal of Public Economics

Losing Your Dictator: Firms During Political Transition

Revise and resubmit, Journal of Economic Growth (with M. Prem)

The Geography of Repression and Support for Democracy

with M.A. Bautista, L. Martínez, P. Muñoz, and M. Prem

The Privatization Origins of Political Corporations

with M. Prem and F. Urzúa

Distorted Quality Signals in School Markets

with J.I. Cuesta, and C. Larroulet

Economic and Non-Economic Factors in Violence

with M. Burke, C. Baysan, E. Miguel, and S. Hsiang


The Value of Political Capital: Dictatorship Collaborators as Business Elites

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization; 2018, Vol. 155, p.217-230; with M. Prem.

Can Television Bring Down a Dictator? Evidence from Chile's 'No' campaign

Journal of Comparative Economics, 2018, Vol. 46 No. 1, p. 349-361; with M. Prem. Appendix

Higher Temperatures Increase Suicide Rates in the U.S. and Mexico

Nature Climate Change, 2018, Vol. 8 No. 8, p. 723-729; with M. Burke et al

Start-Up Nation? Slave Wealth and Entrepreneuship in Civil War Maryland

Journal of Economic History, 2017, Vol. 77 No. 2, p. 373-405; with G. Marshall and S. Naidu

War and Collective Action in Sierra Leone: A Comment Coefficient Stability

Journal of Public Economics, 2015, Vol. 128, p. 30-33; with E. Miguel

Drug Trafficking Organizations and Local Economic Activity in Mexico

PLoS ONE, 2015, Vol. 10 No. 9

Can Land Reform Avoid a Left Turn? Evidence from Chile After the Cuban Revolution

The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 2013, Vol. 14 No. 1, p. 31-72

Work in Progress

The Economics of Public Pharmacies

with J.P. Atal, J.I. Cuesta, and C. Otero

Lost in Transition? The Persistent Effects of Dictatorship Mayors

with M. Prem and P. Muñoz

Other Publications

Políticas de Inclusión Universitaria y Comportamiento Estratégico en Educación Secundaria

Estudios Públicos, 2018, Vol. 149, p. 41-73, with E. Johnson

La Reforma Agraria Chilena

Estudios Púbilcos, 2017, Vol. 146, p. 7-48, with J.I. Cuesta, J. Díaz, F. Gallego, and G. Marshall

Local Impacts of Trade Liberalization: Evidence from the Chilean Agricultural Sector

In: Economic Policy in Emerging-Market Economies, 2015, with J.I. Cuesta and F. Gallego

Selected Media

Pinochet’s Chile shows that repression can spell the end for dictators

LSE Latin America and the Caribbean, November 2018

¿Por qué ganó el NO? La historia detrás de la historia

CIPER, septiembre 2018

Mob mentality: the critical mass of networked protests

Vox Dev, May 2018

Protesting for change: the student movement in Chile

Vox LACEA, November 2017