Santiago Tobón

I am a Professor of Economics at Universidad EAFIT in Medellín, Colombia. I was a Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy in 2022 and a Visiting Scholar at the Interamerican Development Bank in the fall of 2023. I am also affiliated with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), Evidence in Governance and Politics (EGAP) (where I am also Co-Director of the Latin America Regional Hub and Co-Chair of the Crime Reduction and Police Accountability Priority Theme), and Households in Conflict Network—HiCN.

I am a developing economist with a special interest in crime, violence, organized crime, and public policy evaluation.

Before joining Universidad EAFIT, I was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Chicago Pearson Institute & Innovations for Poverty Action Peace and Recovery Program. I received a Ph.D. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in 2018, an M.A. in Economics from Universidad de los Andes in 2017, and an M.A. in Economics from Université catholique de Louvain in 2012. 

I received the 2020 Juan Luis Londoño Medal, awarded every two years to Colombians of 40 years or less who deserve recognition for the impact of their research and policy work on the welfare of Colombians.

You can access the latest version of my CV here, my Google Scholar profile here, and my Ideas profile here.

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