- Dean of the Universidad de Los Andes, School of Economics, Bogota (2006)
- Associate Professor at the Universidad de Los Andes, School of Economics (2004 - 2006)
- Deputy Director of the National Planning Department (2002 - 2004)
- Deputy Director of Fedesarrollo (2001 - 2002)
- Research Associate of Fedesarrollo (2000-2001)
- Researcher for the Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department, Washington DC (1998-2000)
- Head of Division, National Planning Department, Bogotá (1993-1994)
- Junior Researcher of the National Federation of Coffee Growers, Bogotá (1992-1993)
- Civil Engineer of Suramericana Insurance Company, Medellin (1987-89)
- Columnist, El Espectador newspaper
- Member of the Board of Directors of Bancolombia and ISAGEN
- Member of the editorial board of El Espectador
- Panelist for Hora20
Academic and Professional Honors
- Portfolio Award for Best Teacher 2010
Granted annually to the best economics professor in Colombia
- Simon Bolivar Award for Journalism 2009
Awarded annually for the best op-ed article in Colombia
- Juan Luis Londoño Medal of Honor 2005
Delivered bi-annually to the most prominent Colombian economist under age 40.
- Alfred P. Sloan Grant 1997-1998
New Jersey, United States
- Lauchin Currie Scholarship 1994-1998
- Banco de la Republica, Bogota, Colombia.
- School of Economics Scholarship
Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia 1990-1991
Consumption in Colombia: A Review of the Empirical Evidence (with
Carlos E. Posada) Coyuntura Económica, Vol. XXII, No. 4, (in Spanish).
Real Exchange Rate Determinants and the Current Debate in Colombia
(with Juan José Echavarría) Coyuntura Económica, Vol. XXII, No. 4 (in
- Private Saving and Terms of Trade: The Case of Colombia, Ensayos sobre Política Económica, No. 23, (in Spanish).
Structural Shifts and Economic Growth in Colombia: 1920-91 (with Juan
José Echavarría) Lecturas de Macroeconomía Colombiana (Roberto Steiner,
editor), Fedesarrollo, Bogota (in Spanish).
“Foreign Direct Investment and Economic Growth,” Planeación y
Desarrollo, Vol. XXV, No. 1, National Department of Planning, March (in
- “Three Essays in Intergenerational Mobility and Social Interactions,” Ph.D Dissertation, University of California, San Diego.
“Political Institutions, Accountability and Government Performance,”
Chapter 4 in Development beyond Economics: Economic and Social Progress
in Latin America, Inter-American Development Bank and Johns Hopkins
University, Washington DC.
-Increasing Returns and the Evolution of Violent Crime: The Case of Colombia, Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 65.
- Is Soccer Dying? A Time Series Approach, Applied Economic Letters, Vol. 7, No. 4.
- “Are technological Innovations Contagious? Evidence from Sport Records, Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Vol. 9.
Crime and Victimization: An Economic Perspective: Comments, Journal of
the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association, Vol. 1, No 1.
- Who suffered the Most from the Crisis? Coyuntura Social, No. 23, November (in Spanish).
- Teenage Pregnancy in Colombia, Coyuntura Social, No. 23, November (in Spanish).
School-Based Peer Effects and Juvenile Behavior, (with Steven Raphael)
Review of Economics and Statistics, Vol. LXXXIII, No. 2, 2001.
Sibling Correlations and Social Mobility in Latin America, (with Momi
Dahan) Economic Development and Cultural Change, Vol. 49, No. 3.
Intergenerational Mobility In Latin America, (with Jere Berhman and
Miguel Szekely) Economía, Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean
Economic Association, Vol. 2, No. 1.
- Household Strategies and Unemployment Evolution (with Marta Henao), Coyuntura Social, No. 24 (in Spanish).
- Quality of Education and Student Performance In Bogota (with Jorge Barrientos), Coyuntura Social, No. 24 (in Spanish).
- School Characteristics and Quality of Education in Bogota, (with Jorge Barrientos), Coyuntura Social, No. 25, (in Spanish).
Who Bears the Burden of Crime and Violence in Colombia? (with Carlos
Velez), Coyuntura Económica, Vol. XXXI, No. 2, (in Spanish).
- Endogenous Institutions: The Importance of History, Lecturas de Economía, No. 54.
- History Dependence in the Economy: A Review of the Literature, Revista de Economía del Rosario, Vol. 4, No. 1.
- Intergenerational mobility, sibling inequality and borrowing constraints, Economics of Education Review, Vol. 21.
- Patterns of Crime Victimization in Latin American Cities (with Carmen Pages), Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 67.
Assessing the Effects of Corruption and Crime on Firm Performance:
Evidence from Latin America, Emerging Markets Review, Vol. 3, No. 3.
- Household Responses to Adverse Income Shocks in Latin America, Desarrollo y Sociedad, No. 49.
- Wage Patterns of Public Teachers in Colombia (with Claudia Marcela Umaña), Coyuntura Social, No. 23, (in Spanish).
Evaluating the Impact of Sena on Earnings and Employment (with Jairo
Nuñez), Planeación y Desarrollo, Vol. XXXIII, No. 3 y 4, National
Department of Planning (in Spanish).
Social Exclusion In Latin America: Perceptions, Reality and
Implications (with Jere Behrman and Miguel Székely) in “Who’s in and
who’s out: Social Exclusion in Latin America”, John Hopkins University
Press, Washington, DC.
Particularism around the World: A New Development Database (with
Jessica Seddon, Ugo Panizza and Ernesto Stein), The World Bank Economic
Review, Vol. 17, No. 1.
Parental Actions and Sibling Inequality (with Momi Dahan), Journal of Development Economics, Vol. 69.
Political Institutions and Growth Collapses, (with Jessica Seddon, Ugo
Panizza and Ernesto Stein), Latin American Journal of Economic
Development, Vol. 1, No. 2.
Visa Usa: Fortunes and Misfortunes of Colombian Inmigrants in The United States, Colombia Internacional, No. 59, (in Spanish).
- On the Colombian Budget Reform, Debates de Coyuntura Económica, No. 55, Fedesarrollo (in Spanish).
Economic, Social and Demographic Determinants of Political
Participation in Latin America: Evidence from the 1990s (with Ugo
Panizza y Jessica Seddon), Revista Latinoamericana de Desarrollo
Económico, No. 3.
- Colombian labor reform: did it work?, Coyuntura Económica, Vol. XXXV, No. 1, (in Spanish).
Social Effects of a Free Trade Agreement with The United States,
Planeación y Desarrollo, National Department of Planning, Vol. XXX (in
- Evolution of the Colombian Labor Market and Policy Alternatives (with María del Mar Palau), Coyuntura Social, No. 34.
- Nutrition and Infant Health in Colombia (with María del Mar Palau), Coyuntura Económica, Vol XXXVI., No. 2. (in Spanish).
Assessing Health Reform in Colombia: from Theory to Practice (with
Carlos Medina y Carolina Mejia), Economía, Journal of the Latin American
and Caribbean Economic Association, Vol. 7, No. 1.
The Other Face of the Diaspora: Exploring the Connections of Colombian
Emigrants with their Native Country, (with Carolina Mejia), Coyuntura
Social, No. 35 (in Spanish).
Social Mobility and Preferences for Redistribution in Latin America,
Economía, Journal of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic
Association, Vol. 8, No. 1.
Determinants of Teacher’s Evaluations: The Case of the Universidad de
Los Andes” (with Alejandro Hoyos), Desarrollo y Sociedad, No. 61 (in
The Cost of Avoiding Crime, (with Carlos Medina, Leonardo Morales and
Jairo Nuñez), in Rafael Di Tella, Sebastian Edwards & Ernesto
Schargrodsky, 2010. “The Economics of Crime: Lessons for and from Latin
America,” NBER Books, National Bureau of Economic
- Las Consecuencias Económicas De Un Nombre Atípico, Trimestre Económico, vol. LXXVII (3), núm. 307, julio-septiembre,
Discrimination in the Provision of Social Services to the Poor: A field
Experiment Study (with Juan C. Cárdenas, Rajiv Sethi, Natalia candela y
Sandra Polania) in Hugo Ñopo, aleberto Chong & Andrea Moro,
2010.”Discrimination in Latin America,” Inter-American Development Bank
& the World Bank.
Drug Consumption in Colombia. (with Adriana Camacho and Catherine
Rodriguez) in “Antidrugs Policy in Colombia: successes, failures and
follies”, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, 2011. (In Spanish)
Books written and edited
“Violence in Latin America,” Juan Luis Londoño, Alejandro Gaviria and
Rodrigo Guerrero (editors), Inter-American Development Bank, Washington,
DC., 2000 (in Spanish).
“Oil and Region: The Case of Casanare,” (with Juan Gonzalo Zapata y
Adriana González), Fedesarrollo, No. 8, Bogota, Colombia, 2002 (in
- “Education and Social Mobility In Colombia,” Editorial Alfa y Omega, Bogota, Colombia, 2002 (in Spanish).
“Who’s In And Who’s Out: Social Exclusion In Latin America,” Jere R.
Behrman, Alejandro Gaviria, Miguel Székely (editors), John Hopkins
University Press, Washington, DC. 2003.
geography destiny? Lessons from Latin America,” (with John Gallup y
Eduardo Lora), Stanford University Press and the World Bank, Washington,
- “From Romanticism to Realism in Social Policy and Other Essays,” Editorial Norma, Bogotá, Colombia, 2005 (in Spanish).
- “Uribenomics and Other Paradoxes,” Editorial Norma, Bogotá, Colombia, 2007 (in Spanish).
“Política Antidroga en Colombia, éxitos, fracasos y extravíos”,
Alejandro Gaviria and Daniel Mejia (compiladores), Universidad de los
Andes, Bogotá, 2011