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Pablo Selaya

Pablo Selaya

Associate Professor

Member of:

  • Development Economics Research Group

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I do research in economic and political development, from a comparative and historical perspective. I teach courses on advanced development economics, economic growth and inequality, and economic and political development in Latin America. My research work has explored the causes and consequences of IT diffusion on economic growth, the relationship between climate and the emergence of global income inequalities, the relationship between foreign direct investment and foreign aid as two of the most important sources of external capital for development, the competition for export markets among development aid donors and its relationship with patterns in the allocation of foreign aid, the impact of development aid on bureaucratic quality and sectoral levels of work productivity in the recipient countries. My research has been published in the Review of Economic Studies, the Review of Economics and StatisticsThe World Bank Economic Review, and World Development, among others. I started the annual Bolivian Conference in Development Economics (BCDE) in 2009, and I have been in the program committee for the 2015 Annual Congress of the Latin American and Caribbean Economics Association (LACEA). My current research is on electoral outcomes and the quality of democracy in Bolivia, and the long run impact of infrastructure for development. I received an Eliteforsk - Sapere Aude research grant from the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF-FSE 2012-2015). I am associate researcher at INESAD in Bolivia, and I have been a visiting research scholar at Harvard University from 2012 to 2015.

Primary fields of research

At the moment I work on:

  • Economic and political development
  • Economic growth and inequality
  • Comparative political economy
  • Effectiveness and allocation of foreign aid
  • Political development in Latin America
  • Democracy and state development in Bolivia

Current research

  • Political comparative development in Bolivia
  • Roads for development


  • Economic and political development in Latin America (Efterår 2015)
  • Advanced Development Economics - Macro Aspects (Efterår 2015)
  • Economic growth and inequality (MSc of Global Development, Forår 2016)

Selected publications

  1. Published

    Climate and the Emergence of Global Income Differences

    B. Andersen, T., Dalgaard, C-J. L. & Selaya, P. 2016 In : The Review of Economic Studies. 83, 4, p. 1334-1363 30 p.

    Research output: Research - peer-reviewJournal article

Selected activities

  1. Visiting Scholar at Harvard University: Institute of Quantitative Social Science (IQSS)

    Selaya, P. (Participant)
    15 Aug 201214 Aug 2015

    Activity: OtherOther (prizes, external teaching and other activities) - Period visiting other institutions

  2. Eliteforsker - Sapere Aude research grant - DFF-FSE: Sapere Aude - Marine resources, comparatice development and longevity: The contribution of oceans biogeography to health and life expectancy

    Selaya, P. (Participant)
    1 Apr 20121 Apr 2015

    Activity: OtherOther (prizes, external teaching and other activities) - Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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