Juan F. Vargas
Research Economist, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America; Professor of Economics, Universidad del Rosario
Juan F. Vargas is Professor of Economics at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia and Senior Research Economist at CAF-Development Bank of Latin America. He holds a PhD in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London (2007) and has held visiting positions at the University of Bergamo, (2015), the Inter-American Development Bank (2013), the Institute of Development Studies (2011), UCLA (2007-2008) and Harvard University (2005-2007). His main interests are political economy of development, focusing particularly on the causes and consequences of violent armed conflict, and the interplay between political and economic institutions. He has worked with international institutions like the World Bank and USAID in evaluating large government security policies in Colombia.
Recent work by Juan F. Vargas
Top-down strategies that prioritise military objectives may fail to develop, or even lead to the deterioration of, other crucial state capacities