Juan Felipe Riaño

Postdoctoral Fellow
Stanford University

Contact information:
Email: jfrianor@stanford.edu
Phone: +1 (202) 855-2018
Address: 366 Galvez Street | Office 336
Stanford, CA | 94305 | United States
Scholar | IDEAS | | |


I'm an Applied Microeconomist with research interests spanning the fields of Political Economy, Development Economics and Economic History. Since 2022, I'm a Postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford King Center on Global Development.

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 will be joining the Economics Department at Georgetown University as an Assistant Professor in 2023.

You can find my curriculum vitae, here.

Working Papers

• "Bureaucratic Nepotism"
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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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• "The Legacies of War for Post-Conflict Ukraine"
with Ellen Munroe, Anastasiia Nosach, Moieses Pedrozo, Eleonora Guarnieri, Ana Tur-Prats & Felipe Valencia-Caicedo
Revise & Resubmit at Economic Policy.


• "Political Competition and State Capacity"
with Leopoldo Fergusson & Horacio Larreguy
The Economic Journal, 132(648), 2815-2834. The Royal Economic Society and Oxford University Press, 2022.
      Abstract | Paper | Journal

• "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.
      Abstract | Paper | Journal

Work in Progress

• "Insider-Initiated Corporate Philanthropy: An Empirical Assessment of the Friedman Hypothesis"
with Marianne Bertrand, Matilde Bombardini, Raymond Fisman, Francesco Trebbi, June 2020

• "The Roots of Violence and Racism in the US: Historical Lynchings and Today's Police Brutality"
with Thorsten Rogall, September 2021

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


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

Reading groups and Seminars

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


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