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Carlos Scartascini is Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank. His areas of expertise include Political Economy, Public Finance, and Behavioral Economics. His current research focuses on the role of messages and methods of communication to affect behavior and demand for public policy (through the use of field experiments). He has published seven books and more than 30 articles in edited volumes and specialized journals. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal Economía. A native of Argentina, Dr. Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University. 

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NEW data: Database of Political Institutions 2015 (DPI 2015). (2017 version coming soon)

NEW book: ¿Quiénes deciden la política social? (more than 28,000 downloads!)

     Summary of the book in Vox.LACEA


Most recent opinion pieces (previous columns) (columnas en español)

"Reforming Constitutions: A Pandora’s Box" Ideas Matter. January 2017.

"Public Information on Vaccines Can Be a Matter of Life and Death" Ideas Matter. January 2017.   

"Behavioral Economics for Better Public Policies" Ideas Matter. December 2016.

"Chile’s Constitutional Reform: IDB Seminar Aims to Get It Right" Ideas Matter. November 2016.

"Is Being ‘Smart’ About Taxes A Contagious Disorder?"Ideas Matter. October 2016.

"Fighting Zika: The Need for Sustained But Flexible Messaging"Ideas Matter. September 2016.

A short video that summarizes the work we are conducting for reducing tax evasion



























































The information and opinions presented in this website are entirely those of the author, and no endorsement by the Inter-American Development Bank, its Board of Executive Directors, or the countries they represent is expressed or implied.


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