I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Economics Department of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and I am also affiliated at the Barcelona GSE. I received my PhD in Economics from Universitat de Barcelona in October 2014, and I hold a MSc in Economics from University College of London.
My doctoral dissertation, Essays on the Political Economy of Local Corruption, analysed the effects of information on corruption on citizens’ electoral behaviour and the media coverage of those scandals. I examine if some elements that define advanced democratic institutions - free elections, an independent judiciary, and press freedom - act as the channels through which democracies accomplish lower levels of corruption. My most recent research focuses on how partisanship affects the punishment of corruption and how violence may shape electoral behaviour.
I have also conducted other research projects, first as a Research Fellow at the Office of Evaluation and Oversight (OVE) of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) (between 2010 and 2013) and in 2016 as a Junior Policy Analyst at the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
In 2015 I collaborated in the creation of Knowledge Sharing Network (KSNET), a platform dedicated to knowledge transfer. The objective was to make academic research in economics accessible to society, firms, public administration, and the third sector. KSNET is specialized in the field of public policy, which includes an array of topics such as education, the quality of the institutions, cities or social wellbeing.
Since 2015 I am also an editor of Politikon, an analysis group focused on political issues, policymaking and social sciences in general. Its goal is to look at reality from an analytical perspective and to debate proposals for the progress of society. Politikon is independent from any party, and therefore is not linked to any political organisation, company, think tank or trade union.