Visiting Professor

About Santiago Tobon

I am a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and a Professor of Economics at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia. I am also a researcher of Innovations for Poverty Action—IPA, an academic member of Evidence in Governance and Politics—EGAP, an invited researcher of J-PAL's Crime and Violence Initiative, and an affiliate of Households in Conflict Network—HiCN.

I am a developing economist with a special interest in crime, violence, organized crime, and public policy. I use  experimental, quasi-experimental, and qualitative methods. My research has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of the European Economic Association, World Development, the Journal of Experimental Criminology, and other academic journals.

Before joining Universidad EAFIT, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago Pearson Institute & Innovations for Poverty Action Peace and Recovery Program. I received a Ph.D. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in 2018, an M.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in 2017, and an M.A. in Economics from Université catholique de Louvain in 2012. 

I received the 2020 Juan Luis Londoño Medal, awarded every two years to Colombians of 40 years or less who deserve recognition for the impact of their research and policy work on the welfare of Colombians.

You can access the latest version of my CV here, my Google Scholar profile here, and my Ideas profile here.

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