Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra
Harris Public Policy
Raúl Sánchez de la Sierra’s research tackles questions in the economics of development, political economy, and conflict. He often conducts research in areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo where the assumption of a functioning state does not hold, and where instead the central government’s power is shared with armed groups and society. The research examines the non-state organization of property rights and economic exchange, the economics of armed organizations and the emergence of state functions, and the economics of bureaucratic corruption.
Sánchez de la Sierra is a research fellow at the International Growth Centre, the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, and the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a distinguished fellow at the Ifo Institute for Economic Research. He was a CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar and a scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. He co-founded Marakuja Kivu Research, an organization that collects data in weak states while providing career opportunities to Congolese individuals and ex-combatants. His work has been featured in The Economist, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and Die Welt, as well as in the film Congo Calling, which was nominated in 2019 for the best German documentary award.
He earned his PhD in economics from Columbia University and was an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley.