I am an associate professor in the Departamento de Economía (dECON) at the Universidad de la República . I received my Ph.D. in political science from the University of Essex in 2015.

My primary research interests are in international and comparative political economy. My current research focuses on the analysis of international trade and domestic policy in developing countries, labor informality and social policy, informal access to basic services, and elections and political parties.

Since 2018, I am part of the LAPolMeth core team organizing the Latin American Political Methodology Meetings .


  • International political economy
  • Informality, social policy
  • Elections, political parties
  • Research methods


  • PhD in Political Science, 2015

    University of Essex

  • MA in Political Science, 2009

    University of Essex

  • BSc in Political Science, 2004

    Universidad de la República


(2022). Political Regimes and Informal Social Insurance. Comparative Political Studies.

DOI PDF Online Appendix Replication Materials

(2014). Uruguay 2013: Un Balance Pre-electoral. Revista de Ciencia Política, 34(1): 293-313..


Current Research

Working papers

“Parallel Conjoint Experiments for Measuring Gender Stereotypes and Analyzing Preferences” With Catherine Reyes-Housholder .

“The Politics of Non-Contributory Social Policy: Labor Market Institutions and Left Strategies in the Developing World.” 2019. With Irene Menéndez . Submitted.

Ongoing projects


Basic Goods Consumption amid Crisis

With Sarah Berens, Irene Menéndez, and Armin von Schiller. A field experiment delivering information nudges to irregular electricity …

Gendered Attributes

With Catherine Reyes-Housholder. We develop conjoint survey experiments to measure gendered political stereotypes, and analyze their …

Preferences for trade diversification

Existing IPE work analyzes why do individuals prefer more or less openness, this is, the intensive margin of trade. While different …

The politics of service quality. Power shortages in a developing democracy.

With Laura Seelkopf. In this project we analyze distributional causes and consequences of the quality of electricity service.



Associate Professor

Departamento de Economía (dECON), Universidad de la República

Sep 2019 – Present Montevideo, Uruguay

Assistant Professor

Departamento de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad Católica del Uruguay

Mar 2013 – Sep 2019 Montevideo, Uruguay

Graduate teaching assistant (GTA)

Department of Government, University of Essex

Oct 2008 – Dec 2012 Colchester, United Kingdom

Junior research officer

Oficina de Planeamiento y Presupuesto, Presidencia de la República (Uruguay)

Jun 2006 – Jun 2008 Montevideo, Uruguay


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  • Constituyente 1502, Montevideo, 11200
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