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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

Accepted paper! (Jun '19): My project "Branchless Banking and Financial Inclusion: Empirical Evidence from a Demand and a Supply-Side Intervention" has been accepted at the Journal of Development Economics based on the pre-registration report. Eventual publication venue TBD.

New grant! (Mar '19): J-PAL's Governance Initiative awarded us funding for our project “Performance Base Incentives in Multi-Layered Organizations: Evidence from Sierra Leonean Community Health Workers” (with Erika Deserranno and Philipp Kastrau) (AEA RCT Registry AEARCTR-0003345)

New grant! (Feb '19): The Weiss Fund for Research in Development Economics awarded us funding for our project “Career Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Sierra Leonean CHW Program” (with Erika Deserranno and Philipp Kastrau) (AEA RCT Registry AEARCTR-0003993)

New grant! (Jan '19): J-PAL's Governance Initiative awarded us funding for our project “Career Incentives in the Public Sector: Evidence from the Sierra Leonean CHW Program” (with Erika Deserranno and Philipp Kastrau) (AEA RCT Registry AEARCTR-0003993)

New Working Paper posted (Dec. '18): the first version of my paper "Monetary Incentives to Vote: Evidence from a Nationwide Policy" is now available!

New Grant! (Sept '18): I have been awarded a Ramon y Cajal Research Fellowship for the period 2019-23.

Forthcoming paper (Aug. '18): My paper “Urbanization Patterns, Information Diffusion and and Female Voting in Rural Paraguay” is forthcoming at the American Journal of Political Science. (Short blog post in the AJPS Author Blog)

New Recognition (Aug. '18): My paper “Vertical Integration, Supplier Behavior, and Quality Upgrading among Exporters” has been awarded the Oliver Williamson Award for the Best Paper presented at the Society of Institutional and Organizational Economics annual conference

New Working Paper posted (Jun. '18): An updated version of my paper "Accountability, Political Capture and Selection into Politics: Evidence from Peruvian Municipalities" is now available!

Forthcoming paper (Jun. '18): My paper Interlinked Firms and the Consequences of Piecemeal Regulation is forthcoming at the Journal of the European Economic Association

Contact info:

Mailing Address:Department of Economics and BusinessUniversitat Pompeu FabraJaume I Building, 20.1E74Calle Ramon Trias Fargas 23-25, Barcelona 0805E-mail: gianmarco.leon@upf.eduPhone: +34 93 542 1757 Cell phone: +34 603 175 250 Skype: gianmarco.leonTwitter: @Gianmarco_LeonC