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Carlos Scartascini is Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. His areas of expertise include Political Economy, Public Finance, and Behavioral Economics. His current research focuses on the role of messages and methods of communication to affect behavior and demand for public policy (through the use of field experiments). He has published seven books and more than 30 articles in edited volumes and specialized journals. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía. A native of Argentina, Dr. Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University. 

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Latest Video: Can rewards change behavior?

NEW Working Paper: "Do Rewards Work? Evidence from the Randomization of Public Works"

Latest Data: Database of Political Institutions 2015 (DPI 2015). (2017 version coming soon)

Latest Book: ¿Quiénes deciden la política social? (more than 31,000 downloads!)

     Summary of the book in Vox.LACEA

Most recent Opinion Piece: 

"Economía del comportamiento: ¿Pueden los premios incentivar el pago del impuesto sobre la propiedad?" Recaudando Bienestar. Mayo 2017.

"Moving Out of the Social Media Bubble to a More Robust Democracy" Ideas Matter. April 2017.


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