Associate Professor of Economics, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá
Leopoldo Fergusson is Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Fergusson earned his PhD in Economics from M.I.T. in 2011 and a B.A and M.A in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in 2002 and 2003, respectively. His main research interests are in political economy and development economics. In particular, the relation between political and economic institutions and economic performance, the consequences of mass media in politics and economic policy, the political roots and consequences of violent conflict, and the economics and politics of electoral fraud and clientelism.
He has been Santo Domingo Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University (2015), Visiting Scholar at the Harris School of Public Policy of the University of Chicago (2017), and Visiting Associate Professor at Department of Economics at MIT (2018).
Recent work by Leopoldo Fergusson
Population surges tend to cause conflict and competition for resources if unaccompanied by productivity growth and unmediated by strong institutions
Top-down strategies that prioritise military objectives may fail to develop, or even lead to the deterioration of, other crucial state capacities