Welcome to my website.

    I recently completed my PhD at the London School of Economics and Political Science. My background is in economics and political science. My research interests are in the political economy of development. I use quasi-experimental designs, to study the role of politicians and political institutions in economic development. I’ve studied how political representation of political minorities can lead to conflict, how vote buying can affect corruption, and how electoral systems can affect who runs for office. Lately I´ve been interested in studying the role of campaign finance contributions on politician selection, and distortions on public procurement.

    Currently I am Lecturer in Comparative Politics at the Department of Politics and International Relations, at the University of Oxford and an Associate Member at Nuffield College I am also an affiliate staff at the London School of Economics-ID I was a post-doctoral researcher at ETH-Zurich Public Policy Group (Chair: Dominik Hangartner),a fellow at Harvard-IQSS and I was part of the Visiting Scholars Program at NYU-Politics department. 

  Before academia I used to work at the Inter-American Development Bank as a research fellow evaluating development projects in the field across Latin-America.

My email addess is: nelson.ruiz[at]politics.ox.ac.uk

You can find my CV here.

And more about my research here.