I’m an economist at King’s College London and a Nonresident Research Associate at the Commitment to Equity Institute (CEQI), with a particular interest in the study of poverty, inequalities, human development and social and fiscal policies. Prior to that, I was a Nonresident Associate Research Fellow at the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR) at Tulane University, and worked as Senior Economist and Economist at the Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in New York. I have done extensive consultancy work for several organisations and national governments, including the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations University World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER), and the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB). I have also served as Deputy Director of Economic and Social Analysis at the Mexican Ministry of Social Development. My research has been published in peer reviewed journals and collective volumes and reports and has been cited over 1,400 times.
Selected journals articles and book chapters (for a full list of publications and most recent working papers see my CV)
Selected Peer-reviewed Journal Articles
Living on the Edge: Vulnerability to Poverty and Public Transfers in Mexico
(With Alejandro de la Fuente & Carlos Rodríguez-Castelán), 2018, Oxford Development Studies, 46(1): 10-27.
A Long-Term Perspective on Inequality and Human Development in Latin America
(With Luis F. López-Calva & Nora Lustig), 2015, Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 16(3): 319-323.
A Vulnerability Approach to the Definition of the Middle Class
(With Luis F. López-Calva), 2014, Journal of Economic Inequality, 12(1): 23-47.
Declining Inequality in Latin America in the 2000s: The Cases of Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico
(With Nora Lustig & Luis F. López-Calva), 2013, World Development, 44: 129-141.
A Household-based Distribution-sensitive HDI: An Empirical Application to Mexico, Nicaragua and Peru
(With Luis F. López-Calva), 2012, Social Indicators Research, 109(3): 395-411.
Selected Chapters in Books
The Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty in Chile
(With Sandra Martínez-Aguilar, Alan Fuchs & Giselle Del Carmen), 2018, in: Lustig, Nora (ed.) Commitment to Equity Handbook: A Guide to Estimating the Impact of Fiscal Policy on Inequality and Poverty, Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.
Deconstructing the Decline in Inequality in Latin America
(With Nora Lustig & Luis F. López-Calva), 2016, in: Basu, Kaushik & Siglitz, Joseph (eds.) Inequality and Growth: Patterns and Policy. Volume II: Regions and Regularities, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Interview in BBC
Inequality, Mobility and Middle Classes in Latin America
(With João Pedro Azevedo, Luis F. López-Calva & Nora Lustig), 2015, in: Dayton-Johnson, Jeffrey (ed.) Latin America's Emerging Middle Classes, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Recent working papers and reports
Within-Country Poverty Convergence: Evidence from Mexico
(With Luis F. López-Calva & C. Rodríguez-Castelán), 2020, IZA Discussion Paper 13577, IZA Institute of Labor Economics
Precarity and the Pandemic: COVID-19 and Poverty Incidence, Intensity and Severity in Developing Countries
(With A. Sumner & C. Hoy), 2020, WIDER Working Paper 77/2020, UNU-WIDER
Estimates of the impact of COVID-19 on Global Poverty
(With A. Sumner & C. Hoy ), 2020, WIDER Working Paper 43, UNU-WIDER
Blog post in WIDER Angle
Input for Oxfam's Dignitiy Not Destitution economic rescue plan
Temporary Basic Income: Protecting Poor and Vulnerable People in Developing Countries
(With G. Gray Molina), 2020, Transition Series, UNDP Global Policy Network, New York.
Blog post in The Conversation
Work in progress
Identifying the Chronic Poor in the Absence of Panel Data
(With L. F. López-Calva & C. Rodríguez-Castelán)
Nowcasting Local Economic Impacts of COVID-19
(With C. Rodríguez-Castelán)
The Local Inequality Effects of High-Speed Mobile Internet Access: Evidence from Mexico
(With C. Rodríguez-Castelán)
The Global Inequality Boomerang?
(With R. Kanbur & A. Sumner)
Poverty and Inequality
(With A. Sumner), in: Phillips, Nicola (ed.) Global Political Economy: A New Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press
Measuring Social Cohesion in Latin America: An Empirical Approximation using Structural Equation Modeling
(With S. Martínez-Aguilar)
The Political Economy of Fiscal Progressiveness and Redistribution in Latin America
(With N. Castañeda & A. Mejía Acosta)