Casas, Agustin

Assistant Professor

CUNEF, Spain



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Economics

Cohort(s): 2011/2012

Ph.D. Institution

Northwestern University, United States


My main field of research is Political Economy – theory and empirics. In particular, I am interested in understanding how formal and informal institutions shape economic and political outcomes.
For example, in the first chapter of my dissertation I explain how different candidate selection mechanisms (ie. open vs. closed primaries) affect the type of elected politician, and thus the policies implemented. In the remaining chapters, I build a theoretical model that explains the optimal vote and turnout buying strategies (clientelism) by an incumbent, and I test its empirical implications with data from Argentina.

My other related fields of interest are development economics, industrial organization, and applied game theory.

I obtained my Ph.D. in Economics from Northwestern University during the summer of 2012, under the supervision of David Austen-Smith. Before that, I studied at the “Universidad de San Andrés”, in Argentina.
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