Bio

I'm a researcher at the Growth Lab studying cities, economic development, complex systems, cultural evolution, and machine learning with Prof. Ricardo Hausmann. I specialize in how urban environments affect productivity, employment, disease, and crime.

My work is inspired by the following questions: why are some cities more prosperous than others? how do cities diversify their economic activity? what is innovation? how can cities accumulate collective knowhow?

In my work, I mix tools such as mathematical models, statistical analysis, machine learning predictions, and large datasets with key insights from economics, anthropology, physics, and complexity science.

I have consulting experience developing tools for economic diversification for local governments in Colombia and Mexico, and evaluating the Colombian system of pensions. I also have some professional experience in the banking sector doing financial risk analysis.

From 2011 to 2014, I was a PhD student in Applied Mathematics at Arizona State Universities's School of Human Evolution and Social Change (SHESC), where my thesis advisers were Profs. Jose Lobo and Rachata Muneepeerakul. Since my doctoral studies, I've been involved with the Cities, Scaling and Sustainability research group at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico.

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