Gustavo_Torrens-1My research centers on Political Economy, Economic Development and International Economics. I am not only interested in understanding how institutions influence economic outcomes, but also in the determinants of institutions and institutional change. I do theory as well as applied work, including lab experiments. In particular, there are three lines of research in which I focus my work: (i) economic structure and institutions, (ii) institutions and public policies, and (iii) experimental political economy.

My research has been published in Journal of International Economics, Games and Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, Economic Theory and Public Choice. I received the 2016 Award of the National Academy of Sciences of Argentina for my research on political regimes and trade policy, and the 2018 Prize of the Ministry of Economics of Portugal (Prémio “Concorrência nos Mercados” Gabinete de Estratégia e Estudos GEE) for my work on antitrust enforcement. My research has also gathered substantial media attention, including The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Slate Magazine and Marginal Revolution. I have also published policy relevant posts on several blogs such as Vox CEPR Policy Portal, Vox Lacea and Focoeconomico.

I received my Ph.D. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Indiana University and an Ostrom Workshop affiliated faculty.