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Assistant Professor
Department of Economics

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Biographical note

Diego Ubfal is a development economist with research that focuses on entrepreneurship, financial access and networks. His current projects include field experiments and online experiments in Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and the U.S.

His teaching focuses on Estimating Causal Effects and Development Economics. Diego earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Buenos Aires, a master degree from the University of San Andres, and a PhD from UCLA.  He was a Fulbright scholar and also worked on impact evaluation of development programs at the Inter-American Development Bank. In 2016-2017 he was Visting Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

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Research areas

Development Economics, Applied Microeconomics, Applied Econometric: Entrepreneurship, Financial Access, Attittudes Towards Immigrants

Selected publications

Banking the Unbanked? Evidence from three countries (with Pascaline Dupas, Dean Karlan and Jon Robinson).  Forthcoming American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.

How General Are Time Preferences. Eliciting Good-Specific Discount Rates, Journal of Development Economics, 2016.

Improving technology adoption in agriculture through extension services: evidence from Uruguay (with A. Maffioli,G. Vazquez-Bare and P.Cerdan-Infantes), Journal of Development Effectiveness, 2013; Extension Services, Product Quality and Yields: the Case of Grapes in Argentina (with A. Maffioli, G. Vazquez-Bare and P. Cerdan-Infantes), Agricultural Economics, 2011; The Impact of Funding on Research Collaboration: Evidence from a Developing Country (with Alessandro Maffioli), Research Policy, 2011; Money for Science? The Impact of Research Grants on Academic Output (with Daniel Chudnovsky, Andrés Lopez and Martín Rossi), Fiscal Studies, 2008.