I’m a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Development Economics at the Department of International Development, King’s College London, and Senior Economic Research Consultant at the Office of the Chief Economist and Head of Inclusive Growth, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Research interests & experience
I have a particular interest in the study of poverty, inequalities, human development, and social protection. I have served as Economist and Senior Economist at the UNDP Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau in New York, as Deputy Director of Economic and Social Analysis at the Mexican Ministry of Social Development, and I have done extensive consultancy work for several international organisations and 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). My research has been published in leading development journals and collective volumes and has been cited over 2,700 times.
The Global Inequality Boomerang (with R. Kanbur & A. Sumner), 2022. WIDER Working Paper 27/2022, DOI: 10.35188/UNU-WIDER/2022/158-7
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When Life Gives You Lemons: Using Cross-Sectional Surveys to Identify Chronic Poverty in the Absence of Panel Data (with K. Bolch & L.F. Lopez-Calva), 2022. Review of Income and Wealth, DOI: 10.1111/roiw.12566
Measuring Global Poverty Before and During the Pandemic: A Political Economy of Overoptimism (with A. Sumner & C. Hoy), 2022. Third World Quarterly, 43(1): 1-17
Within-Country Poverty Convergence: Evidence from Mexico (with L.F. Lopez-Calva & C. Rodriguez-Castelan), 2022. Empirical Economics, 62: 2547–2586
Temporary Basic Income in Times of Pandemic: Rationale, Costs and Poverty-Mitigation Potential (with G. Gray Molina & M. Montoya-Aguirre), 2022. Basic Income Studies, 17(2): 125-154.
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Department of International Development
Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy
King’s College London
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