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2012:  Ph.D Wisconsin Madison, Agricultural and Applied Economics

Dissertation obtained with highest distinction: Agricultural, Financial and Behavioral Changes on the Path to Sustainable Technology Adoption in Rural Mozambique

Adviser: Michael R. Carter

2005 M.A. at University of Clermont-Ferrand, Center for Study and Research in International Development (CERDI), Development Economics, 2005

Professional Experience

2019 - ...         Associate Professor in Economics, University of Los Andes


2015 - 2019    Assistant Professor in Economics, University of Los Andes

2015 - ...         Consultant contracts for World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, Fondacion Bolivar                                     Davivienda ...

2012 - 2015    Postdoctoral Scholar at Paris School of Economics

2009 - 2011    Research Assistant and Project Coordinator “Savings, Subsidies and Sustainable Food                             Security: A Field Experiment in Mozambique”                          

                       funded by BASIS AMA CRSP, U.S. Agency for International Development

2007- 2008    Consultant, World Bank Independent Evaluation Group, Washington, D.C

2005- 2007    Consultant, World Bank Vietnam Country Office, Washington, D.C. Main duty: Research


Major Research Grants

USD 400,000     Interamerican Development Bank 2020 “COVIDA: strategic testing of COVID-19 to support                                      health policy in Bogota” (co-PI with Raquel Bernal and Giancarlo Buitrago)


USD 257,527     World Bank LSMS-ISA 2016-2017 “Skills measurement, reliability and validity application to                                   Colombia” (co-PI with Karen Macours)


GBP 385,736      ESRC DFID 2014-2016 “Heterogeneous quality of agricultural commercial inputs and learning                                  through experimentation” (co-PI with Karen Macours)


USD 196,229      World Bank LSMS-ISA 2012-2014 “Skills measurement and their role in agricultural                                                  productivity and technology adoption” (co-PI with Karen Macours)


USD 137,374      BASIS AMA CRSP, U.S. Agency for International Development, 2011 “Savings, Subsidies, and                                Sustainable Food Security in Mozambique: PostHarvest Survey” (co-PI with Michael R. Carter                                  and Dean Yang)


USD 947,658      BASIS AMA CRSP, U.S. Agency for International Development, 2009-2011

                            “Savings, Subsidies, and Sustainable Food Security: A Field Experiment in Mozambique”

                            (co-PI with Michael R. Carter and Dean Yang)

Referee Activity

Agricultural Economics, American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of African Economies, Journal of Development Economics (outstanding reviewer award), Journal of Development Studies, Journal of the European Economic Association, World Development

Proposal Reviews

World Bank (I2I, DIME, IFC)


BASIS Innovation Lab (USAid)

SPIA (Independent Science and Partnership Council of the CGIAR)

Inter-American Development Bank

Global Innovation Fund


Fluent in French, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic

Awards and Honors

2017            Journal of Development Economics Outstanding reviewer award

2014            EUDN (European Development Research Network) Associate Member

2013            Henry C. Taylor Award for Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation, University of Wisconsin-Madison 

2012            3rd price at the IBES (International Behavioral Economic Section) student paper competition at the                            AAEA meetings.

2011-2012   Louis and Elsa Thomsen Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, College of Agricultural and Life                                    Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison

2007-2008   University Fellowship, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Invited Seminars and Conference Presentations


University of Michigan

Sustainability and Development Conference (Ann Arbor, Michigan)

ABCDE (Annual Bank Conference on Development Economics) 2018 Washington DC

Trade Integration and Growth Network (TIGN) 9th annual Conference Lima, Peru (LACEA-IDB-CAF-RIDGE)

Jobs & Development Conference, Javeriana, Bogota

11th Annual Meeting Impact Evaluation Network (RIDGE) Montevideo, Uruguay

Workshop on Political Economy (RIDGE LACEA PEG) Montevideo, Uruguay
Banco de la Republica Medellin


University of California San Diego

University of California Berkeley

University of California Davis

University of San Francisco

Annual Bank Conference on Africa 2017 at UC Berkeley

16th Journées LAGV at Aix-Marseille School of Economics (AMSE)

4th DIAL Development Conference (Paris Dauphine)

14TH Midwest International Economic Development Conference UW Madison

CGIAR Conference on Impacts of International Agricultural Research: Rigorous Evidence for Policy in Nairobi

World Bank workshop on Innovations in Skills Measurement: New Lessons in Using and Developing Skills Surveys



RCT evidence from agronomical trials in Kenya (co-organizer of the workshop)

“Skills: Measurement, dynamics and effects”, LACEA Labor Network 4th Annual Meeting, Cartagena

“Understanding the Productivity Gap in Latin America” workshop organized by CAF in Buenos Aires

NBER “The Economics of Asset Accumulation and Poverty Traps”, Washington DC




EUDN Scientific Conference, ESOP University of Oslo

60’th ISI World Statistics Congress, Rio

Improving productivity in developing countries: identifying bottlenecks and obstacles to productive investments and technology adoption, ESRC, IFS, Goodenough College, London

Paris School of Economics

University of Los Andes

University if Carlos III Madrid

IFPRI, Washington DC

Australian National University

CSAE Oxford University



Oxford Development Economics Workshop

MIEDC in University of Minnesota

University of California Davis

University of San Francisco

University of California San Diego

Paris School of Economics

Annual Bank Conference on Africa (World Bank)

NEUDC in Boston



BREAD 24th conference in Development Economics, at the WB in Washington DC

EUDN (European Union Development Network) in Namur,

Center for the Study of African Economies in Oxford,

Midwest International Economic Development Conference at UW Madison,

Paris School of Economics

ATAI partnership Development Conference at Berkeley



IFPRI in Washington DC

PacDev at UC Davis

Eastern Economic Association Meetings in Boston

World Bank Development Impact Evaluation Group in Nairobi Kenya.

AAEA IBES (International and Behavioral Economics Section) in Seattle

International Conference for Agricultural Economists in Foz do Iguacu, Brazil

Workshop on Agricultural Productivity in Africa at Paris School of Economics

NEUDC at Dartmouth College



Paris School of Economics

UW Madison

UC Davis

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