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I’m the director of the research network “Economic Development and Impact Evaluation” (EDIE). At EDIE I’m currently working on two topics: the impact of drug cartels on development and to what extent historical levels of inequality affect development in the long-run.

Since 2007 I’ve been a member of the University of Oxford-LSE research network “Improving Institutions for pro-poor Growth” (iiG).

The iiG is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DfID) and it aims at generating new insights about institutions’ influence on pro-poor growth in Africa and South Asia through an innovative programme of research, capacity building, and dissemination.

At the iiG I have worked on four main topics:

1. What are the insitutional reforms needed to enable enterprises in Africa grow?

2. What is the impact of decentralising funds on poverty and elections?

3. Why ethnicity affects voting chocies in Kenya?

4. How to manage post-electoral conflict?

I’m also a member of  “Economics of Inequality and Poverty Analysis” (EQUALITAS). The network is funded by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation with the aim of developing expertise on the analysis of inequality and poverty.

edregI’m also a founding member of  the Equity and Development Research Group (EDReG) which analyses distributive issues and development. We are financially supported by the Catalan Government.