Leonardo Bursztyn

Assistant Professor
Department of Economics and the College

Leonardo Bursztyn's research explores numerous fields of inquiry, including political economy, development economics, and labor economics. He uses field experiments to understand how individuals make schooling, consumption, and financial decisions, and, in particular, how these decisions are shaped by individuals’ social environments.

His research has been published in such leading academic journals as Econometrica, the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Political Economy, and Review of Economics and Statistics. He is the recipient of a 2016 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship.

Bursztyn received a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was an assistant professor of economics at UCLA Anderson School of Management, where he received the Eric and “E” Juline Faculty Excellence in Research Award. He is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the Center for Effective Global Action.

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