I am a tenured researcher at the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE(CSIC)) and an Associate Research Professor and Program Director for the Data Science for Decision Making M.Sc. at the Barcelona GSE. My CV can be found here.
My fields of interest are machine learning, political economy, development economics, conflict studies and industrial organization. In my most recent research projects I have analyzed how political institutions can make societies more robust, the channels through which violence affects the economy and how conflict can be predicted using millions of newspaper articles.
My work has been published in leading journals in economics and political science such as the American Economic Review (AER), the American Political Science Review (APSR), the Journal of the European Economic Association (JEEA) and the American Journal of Economics: Macro (AEJ: Macro). I have also produced research reports for governments, NGOs, the IMF, the World Bank and the UN.
My research is dedicated to an understanding of economic development. One of the biggest challenges for development is political instability and the outbreak of violence. In my research I try to understand why countries destabilize and how instability affects economic development. But I have a diverse interest in methods and topics including the effect of the Spanish crisis and the driving factors of structural change in Northern Africa.
Advances in data generation and analysis have created tremendous chances for a better understanding of the development process. I want to contribute to this process by helping the development of new techniques in my research and by educating future generations to be able to use both social science and data science tools in their work.