Juan Felipe Riaño R.

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics
University of British Columbia

Contact information:
Email: jfrianor@gmail.com
Phone: +1 (202) 855-2018
Address: Iona 6000, V6T 1L4
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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I'm an Applied Microeconomist with research interests spanning the fields of Political Economy, Development Economics and Economic History.

My current research agenda focuses on understanding the determinants of state capacity in developing countries, and the long-term impact of conflict and historical institutions on economic development.

I'm a founding member of the Culture and Persistence Group at the VSE.

I will be joining the Stanford King Center on Global Development as a Postdoctoral Fellow in August of 2022 and the Economics Department at Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor in 2023.

You can find my curriculum vitae, here.

Professor Francesco Trebbi (Committee Chair), Professor Siwan Anderson, Professor Matilde Bombardini, and Professor Patrick Francois.

Working Papers

• "Bureaucratic Nepotism" Job Market Paper, September 2021.
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• "Collateral Damage: The Legacy of the Secret War in Laos"
with Felipe Valencia Caicedo
Revise & Resubmit at The Economic Journal.
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• "Media, Secret Ballot and the Process of Democratization in the United States"
with Leopoldo Fergusson & BK Song
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• "Social Dissent, Coercive Capacity, and Redistribution: Evidence from Authoritarian Mexico"
with Horacio Larreguy & Mariano Sánchez Talanquer
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• "Political Competition and State Capacity"
with Leopoldo Fergusson & Horacio Larreguy
The Economic Journal, Conditionally Accepted.
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• "Conflict, Educational Attainment, and Structural Transformation"
with Leopoldo Fergusson & Ana Maria Ibañez,
Economic Development and Cultural Change 69(1), 335-371. The University of Chicago Press, 2020.
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• "Consumers as VAT Evaders: Incidence, Social Bias, and Correlates in Colombia"
with Leopoldo Fergusson & Carlos Molina,
Economía Journal   19(2), 21-67. Brookings Institution Press, 2019.
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• "I Sell My Vote, and So What? Incidence, Social Bias, and Correlates of Clientelism in Colombia"
with Leopoldo Fergusson & Carlos Molina,
Economía Journal   19(1), 181-218. Brookings Institution Press, 2018.
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Work in Progress

• "The Friedman Hypothesis"
with Marianne Bertrand, Matilde Bombardini, Raymond Fisman, Francesco Trebbi, June 2020

• "Systematic Discrimination and Police Shootings in the US"
with Thorsten Rogall, September 2021

• "Low Entrepreneurial Intent: A Legacy of South Africa’s Mining Monopsony"
with Neil Lloyd, July 2020


University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

ECON 544 - Political Economy, Institutions, and Business, Graduate Level
ECON 541 - Economic Development, Graduate Level
ECON 326 - Methods of Empirical Research in Economics, Undergraduate Level
ECON 325 - Introduction to Empirical Economics, Undergraduate Level

Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá DC, Colombia)

ECON 4651 - Empirical Applications in Political Economy, Graduate Level
ECON 4212 - Advanced Macroeconomics Business Cycles, Graduate Level
IIND 2401 - Engineering Economics, Undergraduate Level
ECON 2105 - Game Theory, Undergraduate Level
ISIS 1207 - Java Programming, Undergraduate Level
MATE 2711 -Mathematical Methods for Economists, Undergraduate Level

© Juan Felipe Riaño, 2021