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Carlos Scartascini holds a Ph.D. and a M.A. in Economics from George Mason University, and a Licenciatura en Economía from Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina. At George Mason, he was awarded the William Snavely Award for Outstanding Achievement in Graduate Studies in Economics.  He currently holds a position as Principal Economist at the Research Department of the Inter-American Development Bank.

At the Bank, he has led several projects that have policy implications such as his work on tax evasion in Argentine municipalities, on tax reform in Latin America, on the development of medium term fiscal frameworks and budgeting for results, on budget institutions, on policymaking in Latin America –including studies on the causes and determinants of institutionalization-, and the causes and impact of protests in policymaking, among many others.

Regarding academic production, some of his most recent publications in major academic journals include “The Making of Policy: Institutionalized or Not?” in the American Journal of Political Science, “The Politics of Financial Development: The Role of Interest Groups and Government Capabilities” in the Journal of Banking and Finance, and “Political Institutions and Street Protests in Latin America” in the Journal of Conflict Resolution. He has presented his work at more than eighty conferences and seminars.

Additionally, he is the co-editor of five books: Policymaking in Latin America: How Politics Shapes Policies (Harvard University Press, 2008), Who Decides the Budget? The Political Economy of the Budget Process in Latin America (Harvard University Press, 2009; also in Spanish from Mayol, 2010), Consecuencias imprevistas de la Constitución de 1991: La influencia de la política en las políticas económicas (Alfaomega, 2010), How Democracy Works. Political Institutions, Actors, and Arenas in Latin American Policymaking (Harvard University Press, 2010), and El juego político en América Latina. ¿Cómo se deciden las políticas públicas? (Mayol, 2011).

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

"The Weakest Link: Government Capabilities in Latin America and the Caribbean"  Ideas que cuentan, RES. December 2014.

"A Public Policy Report Card for the Region" Ideas que cuentan, RES. 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

"La organización del Poder Ejecutivo en América Latina: Lo que sabemos y lo que necesitamos saber" Con Distintos Acentos. April 2014

"Not Everybody Weights the Same" Vox-LACEA. February 2014

"Experimentos para Reducir la Evasión Tributaria" Vox-LACEA. January 2014.

"Public Finance Reforms: Politics Matters, But so Does Government Capability (part 2)" Beyond Budgets. January 2014. 

"Public Finance Reforms: Politics Matters, But so Does Government Capability (part 1)" Beyond Budgets. January 2014. 

"Politics Matter…But PFM Reforms Do Too." PFM-Blog (IMF). January 2014.

"Who cares if you don’t pay your taxes?"Development That Works. December 2013.

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



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