I took part in the Conference “The Economic Consequences of Crime in Mexico” as part of a research network devoted to study the political economy aspects of crime and its consequences for politics and economics in that country. The network is coordinated by my colleagues and co-authors Carolina Garriga Phillips and Sandra Ley. Together with … More Participation in the Network “The Economic Consequences of Crime in Mexico”, CIDE, Mexico City, 29-30 September.
Our paper entitled “National Identity and anti-Immigrant Sentiment: Experimental Evidence from Mexico” has just been published online in Migration Studies. I have co-authored this paper with Dr. Jesse Acevedo (University of Denver). As you can read in the abstract, in this article, we explored how historical patterns of identity construction shape today’s attitudes towards immigrants … More New Publication in Migration Studies
Beyond thrilled to be participating in my first in-person conference in over two years. And what a treat this will take place at the EUI, Migration Policy Center, Florence. I will be presenting a co-authored paper with my friend and colleague, Professor Christian Ambrosius, on deportations and their impact on trust and dispositions toward the … More Conference at the Migration Policy Center, EUI, May 23-25. “Continuities and Change in a Migration World.”
Our book “Migration and Democracy: How Remittances Undermine Dictatorships” (PUP) is now available for purchase. For information regarding the book, please keep an eye on this website, where you will be able to find supplementary information on data resources, technical appendixes, media contributions, and other updates. Hope you will find the book interesting. Here is … More “Migration and Democracy” now available !
Later this year, Princeton University Press will publish our book “Migration and Democracy: How Remittances Undermine Dictatorship.” (with Abel Escribà-Folch and Joseph Wright). Migration and Democracy focuses on the effects of worker remittances—money sent by migrants back to their home countries—and how these resources shape political action in the Global South. Remittances are not only the … More Forthcoming book and Foreign Affairs piece
The resource mobilization theory has long emphasized the role of resources in facilitating collective mobilization. In turn, recent research on crime and insecurity in Mexico has drawn attention to the role of local networks of solidarity in facilitating mobilization against crime. We rely on these two literatures to propose that remittances — that is, the resources … More New Publication in International Migration Review
On June 16th we celebrate the International Day of Family Remittances. Due to COVID-19, remittances are expected to fall by 20%, while the cost of sending money home remains too high. I wrote this short blog post in Spanish to explain why remittances deserve an International Day and why it is important to keep them … More International Day of Family Remittances
My article “Return migration, crime, and electoral engagement in Mexico” co-authored with Prof. Christian Ambrosius (UNAM, Mexico and Free University Berlin) has now been published in Electoral Studies. In this article, we contribute to the debate on the positive or negative political impact of return migrants using municipal data on voter turnout and on rates … More New Publication in Electoral Studies
Happy to share this promotional video of my research lines under the Santander Chair of Excellence, at IJM UC3M (2018). Grateful for having had this opportunity to make progress in my research on emigration and collective mobilisation against crime in Mexico; and on remittances and their role facilitating democratic transitions. Please, check the promotional video … More Promotional Video of Research, Santander Chair of Excellence.
Our paper “Remittances, Exchange Rates, and Central Bank Independence” was recently published in Oxford Development Studies. This is work in co-authorship with Carolina Garriga-Phillips (Essex University). In this paper, we explore how remittances affect the choice of exchange rate regimes. Previous research shows that remittances, by easing the ‘impossible trinity’, increase the probability of governments … More New Publication in Oxford Development Studies