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Diego A. Vera-Cossio

Ph.D. Candidate – Department of Economics

Phone: (202) 999-7602

Fax: (858) 534-7040

Office: ECON 128

Email: dveracos@ucsd.edu

Advisor: Prashant Bharadwaj

Department of Economics
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0508
La Jolla, CA 92093-0508

Research Synopsis

I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Economics at UC San Diego. My research focuses on understanding how public policies, market failures, and institutions interact in the context of developing countries. Using quasi-experimental and structural approaches, I study how institutions and markets hamper the delivery of social programs, offset failures in program implementation, and lead to unintended consequences of policy efforts to alleviate poverty. In particular, my most recent work emphasizes the multiple roles that socioeconomic networks play in developing countries. I study how they determine direct and indirect participation in social programs, how they respond to changes in the economic environment induced by policy interventions, and how they determine the strategies households use to overcome market failures.

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Degrees and Honors

  • Ph.D. in Economics, University of California, San Diego-2018 (expected)

  • M.A. in Economics, Universidad de Chile, Highest Honors-2012

  • B.A. in Economics, Universidad Catolica Boliviana San Pablo-2009

Current Research Interests

Main Field: Development Economics

  • Credit markets
  • Political economy

Secondary Field: Labor Economics

References

Prashant Bharadwaj (Chair)
UC San Diego
Department of Economics
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Gordon Dahl
UC San Diego
Department of Economics
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Craig McIntosh
UC San Diego
School of Global Policy and Strategy
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Karthik Muralidharan
UC San Diego
Department of Economics
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Krislert Samphantharak
UC San Diego
School of Global Policy and Strategy
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Robert Townsend
MIT
Department of Economics
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