Leonardo Bursztyn

Leonardo Bursztyn is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Professor Bursztyn is also an Affiliate of the California Center for Population Research, Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development. He was the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship and Russell Sage Foundation grant. Professor Bursztyn earned his B.A. and M.Sc. in Economics from the University of Brasilia and Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University.

Professor Bursztyn researches political economy, development economics, and behavioral economics with a regional focus on Brazil.

Representative Publications

Bursztyn, Leonardo. “Poverty and the Political Economy of Public Education Spending: Evidence from Brazil.” Journal of the European Economic Association 14.5 (2016): 1101-1128.

Bursztyn, Leonardo, and Davide Cantoni. “A Tear in the Iron Curtain: The Impact of Western Television on Consumption Behavior.” Review of Economics and Statistics 98.1 (2016): 25-41.

Bursztyn, Leonardo, et al. “Understanding Mechanisms Underlying Peer Effects: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Financial Decisions.” Econometrica 82.4 (2014): 1273-1301.

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