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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 and Public Finance. His current research focuses on uncovering the determinants of tax compliance in Latin America (through the use of natural and field experiments), explaining the political economy of tax reforms, and understanding and measuring the process of government capacity accumulation. He is Associate Editor of the academic journal EconomíaA native of Argentina, Dr. Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University.

Extended Bio /Sitio en español

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Recent opinion pieces (previous columns) (columnas en español)

"Faced with a Water Shortage, a Flood of Ideas."  Ideas Matter. May 2015.

"¿Conspira Facebook contra la felicidad?"  Ideas que cuentan. April 2015.

"House of Cards, Latin American Style" Ideas Matter. March 2015.

"Crimen y castigo: la independencia judicial en América Latina" Ideas que cuentan. February 2015.

"Vaccination: Infectious Misinformation" Ideas Matter. February 2015.

"Who Decides the Budget?"  Ideas Matter. February 2015.

"Crime and Violence: An Expensive Problem". Ideas que cuentan. January 2015.

"The Do’s and Don’ts of “Nudging”.Ideas Matter. January 2015.

"Sobre la independencia de la justicia" FocoEconómico. December 2014

"The Weakest Link: Government Capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean" Ideas Matter. December 2014.

"A Public Policy Report Card for the Region"Ideas Matter. December 2014.

"How Far Can the IMF’s New Fiscal Transparency Code Take Us?" Public Financial Management Blog, IMF. November 2014.

"Capacidades del gobierno, burocracia, y el legado de Gordon Tullock" Vox-LACEA. November 2014

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





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