Is a new assistant professor in the department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC-Berkeley. His research is in Development Economics and Urban Economics. He has written on subway infrastructure, retail globalization in emerging markets, rural land titling, road infrastructure, crime, and political economy. His work has been published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economics and Statistics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, and Journal of Development Economics. Currently, he is working on the effects of subway transportation systems on urban air pollution, and on how improved water access reduces clientelistic behavior among citizens in rural Brazil, thereby improving local democratic functioning. He received his B.A. in economics from ITAM in Mexico, his Ph.D. in Economics at Princeton University, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Postdoc toral Scholar at UC-Berkeley before spending six years as an assistant professor at University of Toronto. He is a J-PAL and CEGA affiliate.