Haas School of Business
University of California, Berkeley
2220 Piedmont Ave.
Berkeley, CA 94720 United States

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  • Harvard University, Ph.D. in Economics, Jun. 2006
  • Harvard University, M. A. in Economics, Jun. 2003
  • Bocconi University, Laurea in Economia Politica, cum laude, Dec. 1999

Professional Experience

  • University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
    • Bernard T. Rocca Jr. Professor of Business and Public Policy, Jul. 2020-present

  • National Bureau of Economic Research
    • Co-Director, Political Economy Program, Apr. 2021-present

  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver School of Economics
    • Professor of Economics, Jul. 2014-Jun. 2021
    • Associate Professor of Economics, Jul. 2011-Jun. 2014
    • Assistant Professor of Economics, Jul. 2010-Jun. 2011

  • Stanford University, Department of Economics
    • Visiting Professor of Economics, Aug. 2017-Jul. 2018

  • University of Chicago, Booth School of Business
    • Assistant Professor of Economics, Jul. 2006-Jun. 2010

Other Visiting Positions

  • Georgetown University, DCPEC Distinguished Visitor, Oct. 2019
  • Stanford GSB and Hoover Institution, Visiting Scholar, Aug. 2017-Jul. 2018
  • New York Fed, Visiting Scholar, Dec. 2017
  • Bocconi University, IGIER Visiting Scholar, May-Jun. 2014; May-Jun. 2015

Editorial Experience

  • American Economic Review, Board of Editors, 2018-present
  • Journal of Economic Perspectives, Associate Editor, 2021-present
  • Journal of Political Economy, Associate Editor, 2018-2020
  • Journal of Public Economics, Co-Editor, 2012-2016
  • Canadian Journal of Economics, Editorial Advisor, 2013-2016

Other Professional Activities

  • Professional committee work
    • Steering Committee of the NBER Political Economy Program, Member, 2019
    • Associate Program Director, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) Institutions,
    • Organizations, and Growth group, Jan. 2017-Jun. 2020
    • Steering Committee of the Program on Political Institutions, Member (University of Chicago), 2007

  • Conferences organized and keynote speeches
    • CEPR Conference on the Politics of Regulation & Central Banking. Keynote, 2021
    • NBER Political Economy Meeting Co-Organizer (Fall Meeting 2010, Fall Meeting 2019)
    • Canadian Economics Association Meetings, 2018 Innis Lecture
    • CfPE Conference University of British Columbia–University of California Berkeley CoOrganizer (Sept. 2016; Sept. 2017; Oct. 2018)
    • Institut d’Economia de Barcelona Workshop on Political Economy & Public Finance 2015
    • Keynote American Finance Association Meetings 2015, Finance and Politics Session Chair
    • Festival dell’Economia Trento, 2014 Invited Lecture
    • Canada Public Economics Group, 2013 Keynote
    • Political Economy in the Chicago Area Co-Organizer (May 2008, Feb. 2009, Oct. 2009)

  • Consultant
    • Bank of Canada, Financial Stability Department, Consultant Sept. 2015

Honors, Scholarships, Grants, and Fellowships

2022 • European Economic Association, Minorities in Economics Best Paper Award
2021 • Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, Best Paper Award
2019-present • Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), Research Fellow
2017, 2014 • American Economic Review, Excellence in Refereeing Award
2016 • Bank of Canada, Fellowship Award
2015 • Government of Canada, Canada Research Chair in Economics (Tier 1)
2014 • Canadian Economics Association, John Rae Prize
2014-18 • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Insight Grant
2013 • University of British Columbia, Killam Faculty Research Prize
2012 • Red Rock Conference, Best Paper Award
2012 • Bank of Canada, Governor’s Award
2011-13 • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Standard Research Grant
2010-11 • National Bureau of Economic Research, Africa Success Grant
2010-19 • Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR), Fellow
2011-present • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Research Associate
2007-11 • National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), Faculty Research Fellow
2006-10 • Initiative on Global Markets, University of Chicago, Project Grants
2005-06 • Harvard University, Graduate Society Dissertation Completion Fellowship
2003-04 • Harvard University, Graduate Instruction Committee Award for Excellence in Teaching Economics
2002-03 • Social Science Research Council, NY, Applied Economics Fellowship
2002 • International Monetary Fund, Summer Internship
2000-05 • Harvard University, Dillon Fellowship
2000-02 • Mediocredito Centrale, Rome, Marco Fanno Scholarship

Professional Associations Membership

  • Econometric Society
  • American Economic Association
  • European Economic Association


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Graduate Student Supervision and Placement

  • Committee Member, UCB. Miguel Ortiz, in progress

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Federico Ricca, in progress

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Adlai Newson, in progress

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Anubhav Jha, expected 2023

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Juan Felipe Riaño Rodríguez, 2022
    • First job: Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Dept. of Economics; postdoc Stanford University

  • Committee Co-Chair, UBC. Brad Hackinen, 2019
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Western Ontario, Ivey Business School, Business, Economics and Public Policy

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Nathan Canen, 2018
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Houston, Dept. of Economics

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Thomas Cornwall, 2018
    • First job: Economist, Analysis Group, Inc

  • Committee Member, UBC (Sauder). Kairong Xiao, 2017
    • First job: Assistant Professor, Columbia University, Graduate School of Business, Finance

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Anderson Frey, 2016
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Rochester, Dept. of Political Science

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Chad Kendall, 2014
    • First job: Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, Marshall School of Business, Finance and Business Economics

  • Committee Chair, UBC. Thomas Fujiwara, 2011
    • First job: Assistant Professor, Princeton University, Dept. of Economics