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I am an associate professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (PUC), Management School, one of the Directors of the Center of Corporate Governance UC and a permanent co-organizer of the Latinoamerican Workshop in Law and Economics (LAWLE). I have a Ph.D. from Princeton University (Economics), a Master from Northwestern University (Law) and an undergraduate degree from Universidad de Chile (Civil Industrial Engineering). Before joining PUC in 2009, I was a faculty member at Northwestern University (Law School and Kellogg School of Management) from 2006 to 2009. As an extension of my connection with Northwestern I was an associate visiting professor (based at the Searle Center) in 2017 and an assistant visiting professor from 2009 to 2011 (I taught classes on Business Strategy and Corporate Finance). I specialize in the areas of Law and Economics and Industrial Organization (Regulation) and have worked or am currently working on the following topics:

  • Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics: I researched the role that ideology plays on the U.S. Supreme Court justices’ decisions to select cases, vote in given cases and retire from the Court.
  • Antitrust and Regulation: I researched vertical integration in regulated markets, price setting in Chilean public utilities and the impact of taxes on the aggregate demand for capital. 
  • Litigation, Civil Procedure and Judicial Decision Making: I researched the welfare impact of limits in damage compensations. I am currently researching the effects (over judicial decisions and litigating decisions) of restricting access to Chilean higher courts in the context of labor disputes. I am also currently studying the impact of reputation and legal doctrines in the judicial decisions made by the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Comparative Law: I researched the reasons for differences in rates of access to higher courts worldwide and I am currently studying the link between court’s ideological stability and legal stability.
  • Corporate Governance: I am currently researching the impact that unannounced corporate auditor replacements have over firm valuation and the dynamics in the adoption of best corporate practices when regulation takes the form of Comply or Explain. Since 2009 I am a member of the Board of Directors of the Center of Corporate Governance UC, an academic platform that supports discussion and research of topics related to Corporate Governance. Visit the CGC webpage here
  •  Business Strategy: I am currently studying the optimal pricing strategies followed by firms that operate in markets with externalities and in which demand can be separated.   
  • Law and Economics: In addition to the previous work, much of which can be broadly classified in the area of Law and Economics, I am also a permanent co-organizer of the annual Latinoamerican Workshop in Law and Economics (LAWLE). LAWLE aims to support the development of theoretical and applied research in Law and Economics in the region. The original LAWLE alliance was integrated by ITAM, U Andes Colombia, University of Brasilia and PUC de Chile; since 2020, George Mason University will also be part of the alliance. While the first LAWLE took place in 2014 in Santiago, Chile, LAWLE-2020 will take place in Arlington Virginia. Visit LAWLE webpage here.

Check here to see a representative list of my publications and here to see a representative list of my work in progress.