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Juan Vargas is Professor of Economics at Universidad del Rosario, Colombia. He holds a PhD in Economics from Royal Holloway, University of London (2007) and has held visiting positions at the University of Bergamo, (2015), the Inter-American Development Bank (2013), the Institute of Development Studies (2011), UCLA (2007-2008) and Harvard University (2005-2007). His main interests are in the areas of political economy and development, focusing particularly on the causes and consequences of violent armed conflict, the economics of crime and the interplay between political and economic institutions. He has worked with international institutions like the World Bank and USAID in evaluating large government security policies in Colombia. Is is Associate Editor of Conflict Managament and Peace Science; Peace Economics, Peace Science and Public Policy; Defence and Peace Economics; and Economics for Peace and Security Journal. His research has appeared in peer review journals such as The Review of Economic Studies, American Political Science Review, The Economic Journal, Management Science, and Science among other journals.

Position: Professor of Economics

Institution / Affiliation : Universidad del Rosario

Geographical Region: South America

Policy: Conflict and Violence, Development