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I am an Associate Professor at the department of Economics and Business at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, I am also an Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics and at IPEG-Barcelona, and a Research Affiliate at CEPR. My current research interest is focused in three broad areas of development and political economics: (i) understanding voter behavior, i.e. turnout decisions and candidate choices, (ii) study of the selection and incentive mechanisms for public sector workers; and (iii) the effects of shocks (i.e. civil conflict, pollution) on human capital accumulation.

My GoogleScholar profile can be found here and my research statment here.

Recent Highlights

Published paper! (Sept. '20): My paper Vertical Integration, Supplier Behavior and Quality Upgrading Among Exporters" has been published at the Journal of Political Economy.

New Recognition! (May '20) I have received the Excellence in Refereeing Award from the American Economic Review.

New seminar series! (May '20) I am co-organizing the Virtual Development Economics Seminar (VDEV)! Visit our website and sign up for the upcoming talks!

Accepted paper! (Nov. '19): My paper "Accountability, Political Capture and Selection into Politics: Evidence from Peruvian Municipalities" has been accepted for publication at the Review of Economics and Statistics.

New grant! (Oct '19): The Ramon Areces Foundation awarded us funding for our project “Monetary and Promotion incentives in the public sector”


Contact info:

Mailing Address:Department of Economics and BusinessUniversitat Pompeu FabraCalle Ramon Trias Fargas 23-25, Barcelona 0805Jaume I Building, 20.2E16E-mail: gianmarco.leon@upf.eduPhone: +34 93 542 1757 Cell phone: +34 603 175 250 Skype: gianmarco.leonTwitter: @Gianmarco_LeonC