Close sidebar Home » Programmes and Fellowships » Postdoctoral Max Weber Programme » Alumni » Max Weber Alumni Bio Open sidebar menu Casas, Agustin Assistant Professor CUNEF, Spain Website [email protected] Argentina Max Weber alumnus Department of Economics Cohort(s): 2011/2012 Ph.D. Institution Northwestern University, United States Biography 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.