Faculty Director

The Becker Friedman Institute for Economics has established BFI Latin America as a platform to highlight contributions of scholars from UChicago’s Griffin Department of Economics, Booth School, and Harris School of Public Policy. BFI Latin America builds on the legacy contributions of UChicago economists to produce frontier research on the most challenging issues facing Latin American economies today, and to share those findings with the world.

Universidad Andrés Bello

The Universidad Andrés Bello (UNAB) and the Becker Friedman Institute for Economics (BFI) at the University of Chicago are collaborating on an academic agreement that aims to foster the exchange, production, and dissemination of research ideas focused on the most relevant issues in economic policy for Latin America.

Through this agreement, UNAB and BFI support cutting-edge research involving scholars from both institutions, host conferences and seminars in both the United States and Latin America, facilitate the exchange of professors and students between both institutions, and eventually launch a new data hub designed to support new research and contribute to economic policy through the dissemination of this work throughout Latin America

Insper

Through their research collaboration, BFI and Insper produce cutting-edge research involving scholars from both institutions, host a series of conferences and workshops on key topics to foster exchange, and develop a pipeline of early career researchers trained in frontier methods of economics research.

A new research professional exchange program for Insper students feeds into BFI’s renowned research professional program, which consists of nearly 80 early career researchers in residence supporting UChicago economics faculty. The program wgives some of the best graduating students from Insper the opportunity to be matched with UChicago faculty for two-year research appointments.

The academic partnership between BFI and Insper was made possible through the support of the Haddad Foundation. Claudio Haddad is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Insper, a member of the BFI Advisory Council and President of the Board of the Haddad Foundation. He received his PhD in Economics from The University of Chicago in 1974 and previously served as director responsible for public debt and open market operations for the Central Bank of Brazil. He later served as partner and then chief executive officer of Banco de Investimentos Garantia SA, a Brazilian investment bank.

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Associated Scholars

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Michael Albertus

Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Fernando Alvarez

Charles F. Grey Distinguished Service Professor, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
Scholars / Visiting Scholar

Felipe Balmaceda

Andres Bello University
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Maria Angélica Bautista

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy
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Luis Bettencourt

Professor of Ecology and Evolution, Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program at University of Chicago
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Christopher Blattman

Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris School of Public Policy; Deputy Director of BFI Development Economics Center
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Leonardo Bursztyn

Saieh Family Professor, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics; Co-Director of BFI Political Economics Initiative
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Rene Caldentey

Professor of Operations Management, Booth School of Business
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Christopher Campos

Assistant Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business
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Pablo Celhay

Associate Professor at the School of Government and the Department of Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Emanuele Colonnelli

Associate Professor of Finance and MV Advisors Faculty Fellow, Chicago Booth
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Juan Correa

Professor, Universidad Andrés Bello
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Steven J. Davis

On Leave as William H. Abbott Distinguished Service Professor of International Business and Economics, Booth School of Business
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Jose Guillermo Diaz

Assistant Professor, Instituto de Políticas Económicas Universidad Andrés Bello
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Michael Dinerstein

Assistant Professor, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Jonathan Dingel

Associate Professor of Economics, Booth School of Business
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Oeindrila Dube

Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies, Harris Public Policy; Director of BFI Initiative for the Study of Gender in the Economy
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Nicholas Figueroa

Lecturer in Spanish in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Columbia University
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Luis E. Gonzales

Head of Climate Change, Energy, Environment and Economics, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Scholars / Visiting Scholar

Felipe Gonzalez

Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London
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Carla Guadalupi

Associate Professor, Universidad Andrés Bello
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Lars Peter Hansen

The David Rockefeller Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and Statistics, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the Booth School of Business; Director of BFI's Macro Finance Research Program
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

James Heckman

The Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in Economics and the College, the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics and the Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Koichiro Ito

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Michael Kremer

University Professor in Economics and the College and the Harris School of Public Policy, Director of the Development Innovation Lab
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Luis Martínez

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy
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Alicia Menendez

Research Associate, Associate Professor, Harris Public Policy and the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Eduardo Montero

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy
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Francisco Parro

Associate Professor of Economics, Adolfo Ibañez University, School of Business
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Mounu Prem

Associate professor, Einaudi Institute for Finacne and Economics
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Thomas Rauter

Assistant Professor of Accounting and IBM Corporation Faculty Scholar, Booth School of Business
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

James Robinson

The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict; Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, Harris Public Policy
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Jorge Rojas-Veeljos

Associate Professor, Universidad Andrés Bello
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Esteban Rossi-Hansberg

Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor, Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics; Co-Director of BFI's International Economics and Economic Geography Initiative
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Jorge Sabat

Assistant Professor, Universidad Andrés Bello
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Amir Sufi

Bruce Lindsay Distinguished Service Professor of Economics and Public Policy, Booth School of Business
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Cristián Troncoso-Valverde

Professor, Universidad Andrés Bello
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Benjamin Villena

Associate Professor of Economics, Universidad Andrés Bello
Scholars / UChicago Scholar

Austin Wright

Assistant Professor, Harris Public Policy

Associated Working Papers

BFI Working Paper Mar 13, 2019

A Framework for Studying the Monetary and Fiscal History of Latin America, 1960-2017

Timothy J. Kehoe, Juan Pablo Nicolini, Thomas J. Sargent
Topics:  Monetary Policy
BFI Working Paper Oct 8, 2018

The Monetary and Fiscal History of Paraguay, 1960-2016

Javier Charotti, Carlos Fernández Valdovinos, Felipe Gonzalez Soley
Topics:  Fiscal Studies, Monetary Policy, Tax & Budget
BFI Working Paper Aug 23, 2018

The Monetary and Fiscal History of Colombia: 1960-2017

David Perez-Reyna, Daniel Osorio-Rodriguez
Topics:  Fiscal Studies, Monetary Policy, Tax & Budget