Rodrigo is a Research Affiliate at MIT GOV/LAB, a Senior Research Associate at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA Mexico), and Lecturer in Probability and Statistics at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico. Rodrigo supports MIT GOV/LAB on survey and experimental data collection strategies to better understand the social and economic effects of Covid-19 in sub-Saharan Africa. His main research work focuses on violence and public security strategies, informal and illegal markets’ dynamics, as well as economic development strategies for local governments. Previously, he worked as an instructor in Economics at the Harvard Kennedy School, as a consultant for the World Bank on impact evaluation strategies, and as a Research Associate at the Drug Policy Program at CIDE. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy from CIDE and a Master’s degree in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from Harvard University.
Update April 2021
Exploratory Survey: Governance of the Informal Sector during Covid-19
New exploratory research seeks to understand the relationship between people and government during the pandemic, specifically in informal contexts — conceived broadly as communities and activities existing and operating outside formal government regulations or legal frameworks.
Research Brief May 2020
Preliminary Results from Rapid Survey to Inform Covid-19 Response in Sierra Leone
Research brief with initial results from MIT GOV/LAB's collaboration with the Institute for Governance Reform and the Government of Sierra Leone to inform Covid-19 policy.
Update May 2020
[MIT News] Informing Covid-19 Preparedness in Sierra Leone
MIT News featured an update on MIT GOV/LAB's project with the Institute for Governance Reform and the government of Sierra Leone to conduct rapid-response surveys to address Covid-19.
Research May 2020
Data to Inform the Pandemic Response (Covid-19)
How can social science research provide rapid inputs to public health crises? Our team is working in East and West Africa to inform government responses to the Coronavirus pandemic.