I am a Postdoctoral Scholar at UCSB's Environmental Markets Lab. I obtained a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government from Harvard University. Before my doctoral studies, I completed my B.S and M.S in Economics at Universidad de Chile and worked for a year as a lecturer at the Department of Economics of Universidad de Chile.
My research focuses on the political economy of sustainable development. I leverage machine learning methods to construct novel data from historical records and satellite imagery. I use these data to study the impact of policies and institutions on economic prosperity and environmental sustainability at the local and national levels, as well as the impact of environmental conditions on human populations. I am particularly interested in how indigenous cultural and institutional backgrounds interact with Western institutions to shape sustainable development and culture in indigenous communities. My doctoral dissertation explores the long-term impacts of three national-level institutions imposed upon the Mapuche people of Southern Chile: the reservation system that allocated land to Mapuche when forced to settle in the late 19th century, the system of directed industrial development that has promoted the expansion of plantation forests in Mapuche's homeland since 1974, and the system of courts that dealt with property rights within reservations between 1931 and 1979. My Job Market Paper exploits quasi-random variation in reservations' access to these courts to estimate the impact of national-level property rights enforcement on reservations' long-term development. Visit my research page to read about the projects I am currently working on.
As an instructor, I taught an undergraduate course in Advanced Mathematical Methods in Universidad de Chile. While at Harvard, I had the privilege of perfecting my teaching skills while being a Teaching Fellow to Dr. Dan Levy and Dr. Teddy Svoronos in the statistical sequence of the Master in Public Administration in International Development at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. I was awarded a Distinction in Student Teaching for my work as a Teaching Fellow. Visit my teaching page to read about my teaching philosophy and teaching experience.