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Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

Assistant Professor
Haas Business and Public Policy Group
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Academic Status: On duty
Office Hours: By appointment, F545
Personal Homepage: http://raulsanchezdelasierra.com/
Curriculum Vitae (in PDF format, Acrobat Reader required)


Ph.D. Economics Columbia University
M.Phil. Economics Columbia University
M.Sc. Development Economics Sciences-Po, Paris
B.Sc. Economics Carlos III Madrid; Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet Munich

Positions Held

At Haas since 2015

2016 – present, Azrieli Global Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
2016 – present, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Faculty Affiliate
2016 – present, International Growth Centre (IGC) Faculty Affiliate
2015 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
2014 – 2015 Academy Scholar, Harvard University

External Service and Assignments

Referee for: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Review, American Political Science Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, International Economics Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Political Economy, Theoretical Economics, World Development

Current Research and Interests

  • Development Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Taxation
  • Government

Selected Papers and Publications

  • “On the Origin of States: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo”, Revision requested, Journal of Political Economy,
    Media coverage: Marginal Revolution, Christopher Blattman’s blog, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Die Zeit, Kris Berwouts
  • “Dis-organizing violence: on the ends of the state, stationary bandits, and the time horizon”, working paper
  • “Origins and consequences of indirect rule: Evidence from armed groups’ rule in Eastern Congo”, with Soeren Henn, working paper
  • “Why take arms? Evidence from new panel data in Eastern Congo” with Gauthier Marchais, working paper
  • “Ethnic State capacity and contracts enforceability”, under review
  • “On the mechanics of kleptocratic states: Administrators’ power, protectors, and taxpayers false confessions” with S Henn, L Paler, C Samii, W Prichard (2016). Pre-analysis plan submitted, July 21st 2016 to AER registry and EGAP
  • “Social Engineering in the tropics: A Grassroots Democratization Experiment in Eastern Congo”, with M Humphreys and P Van der Windt, under review
  •  “Who’s watching? Effects of Monitoring on Strategies of Corruption: Lessons From an Experiment in Congo” with M Humphreys and P Van der Windt, working paper
  • “Temporary gender quotas” with M Humphreys and P Van der Windt, submitted
  • “Fishing, Commitment, and Communication: Comprehensive Nonbinding Registration” with M Humphreys and P Van der Windt (2013) Political Analysis, 2012, 21 (1) pp 1-20

Honors and Awards

2016 Azrieli Global Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
2014 Academy Scholar, Harvard University
2013 Leitner Family student fellowship for research in Africa
2013 University of Chicago Summer School in Socioeconomic Inequality
2010-2014, Columbia University Teaching, Research and Dissertation Fellowships
2009 IGERT Fellow (with J Stiglitz and A Noman)
2008-2010, La Caixa Foundation Scholarship for Postgraduate studies in the United States
2004-2005, Leonardo/Goya Fellowship
2004-2005, Erasmus Scholarship for Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich

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