Juan Francisco Santini | CV

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Innovations for Poverty Action, working in the research project Building Effective, Resilient, and Trusted Police Organizations in Mexico. My research interests lie in development economics, specifically the fields of organizational, political and public economics. I am currently on the job market.

I was born and raised in Balcarce, Argentina. At the age of 18, I moved to La Plata where I received a B.A. in Economics at Universidad Nacional de La Plata. After completing my undergraduate studies, I moved to Buenos Aires to work in the private sector. While working as a pricing analyst, I decided to pursue an M.A. in Economics at Universidad del CEMA. It was then that I realized I am passionate about investigating how the economic approach could be used to analyze social issues beyond the traditional core of economics. This realization changed the path of my career (and my life). I then moved to Houston, where I received an M.A. in Economics at the University of Houston. Soon after, life took me to Rio de Janeiro, where I earned a Ph.D. in Economics from PUC-Rio in 2019.

Before joining IPA, I worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank, and I was an associate visiting scholar of the Department of Economics at Harvard University.

You can contact me at juanfranciscosantini [at] gmail.com or jsantini [at] poverty-action.org