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Alfredo Burlando

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  • Affiliation: faculty
  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Co-Director of Master's Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-1351
  • Office: 513 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall 2022: EC 490/590: W 9-10.30; EC 311: W 11.30-13.00
  • Affiliated Departments: African Studies, Clark Honors College
  • Interests: Development economics, economics of corruption, savings strategies in developing countries, health and fertility
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Economics, Boston University, Boston, M.A., 2010
  • M.A., Economics, University of California, Davis, 2003
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Davis, 2003


  • Development Economics
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Microeconomic Theory


  • Legalize, Tax, and Deter: Optimal Enforcement Policies for Corruptible Officials, 2013
  • Collusion and the Organization of the Firm, 2013
  • Transitory Shocks and Birth Weights: Evidence from a Blackout in Zanzibar, 2013
  • Power Outages, Power Externalities, and Baby Booms, 2013
  • Does Malaria Reduce Education? Findings from the Ethiopian Highlands
  • Pirates at Sea: Estimating the Trade and Price Consequences of Maritime Insecurity


Awards and Grants

  • Global Development Network grant for “Financial inclusion and business development of marginalized households: the case of Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs) in Uganda,” with Andrea Canidio, 2013
  • Equality Development and Globalization Studies grant for “How does mobile  money affect adopter’s social networks?” with Cynthia Kinnan and Silvia Prina, 2013
  • Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion for “How does mobile  money affect adopter’s social networks?” with Cynthia Kinnan and Silvia Prina, 2013
  • Junior Faculty Award, University of Oregon, 2011
  • Graduate Fellow, Pardee Center, Boston University, 2009-10
  • Graduate Research Abroad Fellowship, Boston University, 2008
  • Research Fellow, Economics Department, Boston University, 2006, 2008, 2009


Professor Burlando’s current research focuses on the interaction between formal financial markets and informal risk sharing networks in East Africa, with ongoing projects on mobile money in Tanzania and savings groups in Uganda. His past work includes an examination of the impact of infrastructure development on health and fertility in Tanzania. He also works on theories that explore the implications of drug legalization on police corruption. Professor Burlando is an Italian national, born in Venezuela to an Italian father and a Colombian mother. He speaks Spanish and became fluent in KiSwahili during his two years working in East Africa. Burlando’s family lives in the alpine region of Italy, in a small town near the Dolomites where he loves hiking with his father.

Burlando lives in Eugene with his wife and daughter.