Project: State Building and Population Claims on the State
Leopoldo Fergusson is an Associate Professor of Economics at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. He received his PhD in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011 and is an economist (magna cum laude) from Universidad de los Andes. He works on political economy, development economics and economic history. In particular, Fergusson studies 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. Much of his current work revolves around the political economy of state capacity, seeking to understand the political underpinnings of persistent state weakness. His research has appeared in the Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Development Economics, The Economic Journal, and Economics and Politics, among others.