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I am a development economist. I work as an assistant professor at the Marshall School of Business of USC. I am also a IZA research fellow, a CEGA faculty affiliate, a faculty member of the Schaeffer Center for Health and Economics Policy, and a research fellow at the Center for Economic and Social Research at USC. I hold a PhD and MA from UCLA, and a BA and MA from Universidad de los Andes.

Key research topics in which I work include:

1. Exploring the effects of forced migration within hosting economies and of the role of public policies in supporting these migrants and their hosting communities.

2. Studying how firms’ decisions change with economic and political shocks.

3. Examining the consequences of violence and conflict in Latin America.


  • Development
  • Forced Migration
  • Crime
  • Diversity
  • Firms