Research Associate and Lecturer, Freie Universität Berlin

Who is

Who is

2017-2019 Visiting Professor (DAAD-Langzeitdozent) at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM). On leave from FU Berlin.

2015 (Nov/Dec) Visiting Scholar, University of Texas in Austin

2014 (Feb/March) Visiting Scholar, Columbia University, New York

since 2012 Research Associate and Lecturer at Freie Universität Berlin, Institute for Latin American Studies

2012 Ph.D. in Economics at Freie Universität Berlin


Selected Journal Articles

Deportations and the Transnational Roots of Gang Violence in Central America. World Development (April 2021). Previous version as Discussion Paper 2018/12. School of Business and Economics, Freie Univ. Berlin, for short summaries in spanish see here and here)

Return Migration, Crime, and Electoral Engagement in Mexico  (with Covadonga Meseguer, Electoral Studies 66, August 2020)

Exporting Murder: Deportations and the Spread of Violence (with David Leblang, International Studies Quarterly, March 2020, paper covered in the monkey cage at Washington Post, as well as in The Crime Report). Previous version as Discussion Paper 2018/13. School of Business and Economics, Freie Univ. Berlin

Government Reactions to Private Substitute for Public Goods: Remittances and the Crowding-Out of Public FinanceJournal of Comparative Economics 47:2 (2019), 396-415 (for a summary in spanisch, see here)

What Explains the Speed of Recovery from Banking Crises? Journal of International Money and Finance, Vo.l 70 (February 2017), pp. 257-287

Remittances and the Use of Formal and Informal Financial ServicesWorld Development, Vol 77 (Jan 2016), pp. 80–98 (with Alfredo Cuecuecha). Previous Version as Discussion Paper 2014/19, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin

Remittances and Financial Access: Is There Really a Link and for Whom? Evidence from Mexican Household DataThe World Economy, Vol.39(7) (July 2016), pp. 664-982. Previous version as Discussion Paper 2012/8, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin

Remittances for Financial Access: Lessons from Latin American Microfinance. Development Policy Review 32(6), 2014, pp. 733–753 (with Barbara Fritz and Ursula Stiegler)

Are Remittances a Substitute for Credit? Carrying the Financial Burden of Health Shocks in National and Transnational HouseholdsWorld Development 46(6), 2013, pp. 143-152 (with Alfredo Cuecuecha). Previous version as Discussion Paper 2012/9, School of Business and Economics, Freie Universität Berlin

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