Olaf J. de Groot

Economic Affairs Officer at CEPAL

I am an Economic Affairs Officer at the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (CEPAL, or ECLAC) of the United Nations, where I work mostly on topics related to Foreign Direct Investment and corporate taxation. 

Until December 2012, I was a Senior Research Associate at the the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW Berlin) in Berlin, Germany, working primarily on topics related to Conflict, Security and Development Economics. Before starting at DIW Berlin, I completed my PhD at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy, and defended my dissertation in May 2009. I was born in the Netherlands in 1981 and completed my undergraduate studies, as well as a Research Master in Economics and Econometrics at the University of Groningen.

I have worked on a wide variety of topics, with publications in the fields of security, conflict economics, development economics, fiscal sustainability and others. My work has appeared in the Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Review of Income and Wealth and elsewhere. I am currently exploring projects in ethnolinguistic heterogeneity, terrorism and maritime security as well.

Please feel free to peruse my website to find any further information that you may find relevant. 

Research Interests

Foreign Direct Investment

Economics of Security

Economics of Conflict

Development economics

Political economics

Contact Info


Av. Dag Hammarskjold

Vitacura, Santiago