Raul Santaeulalia-Llopis

Visiting Associate Professor of Economics Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Valencia; MSc University College London; PhD University of Pennsylvania

Research Areas: Inequality, Intellectual Property Products and the Macroeconomy; Social Insurance, Resource Misallocation and Economic Growth; HIV/AIDS Epidemics and the Macroeconomy; Policy Evaluation


Raül Santaeulàlia-Llopis holds a BA. in Economics from the University of Valencia (2000), an MSc. in Economics from the University College London (2002), and a PhD in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania (2008).

Raul’s background is in quantitative macroeconomics, where the careful aggregation of individual behavior is essential. His research broadly focuses on economic growth and macro development. First, he is interested in inequality, intellectual property products, and the macroeconomy (see his working paper “Countercyclical Elasticity of Substitution”). Second, he is also interested in the relationship between social insurance, resource (mis)allocation, and economic growth; part of his work in progress includes a field project on Social Insurance and Economic Growth (SIEG) in Southern Malawi (see his working paper “Excess of Transfer Progressivity in the Village”). Third, he is also interested in the determinants of the HIV epidemic and how these shape (and are shaped by) economic development in Sub-Saharan Africa (see his working paper “A Quantitative Theory of the HIV Epidemic: Education, Risky Sex and Asymmetric Learning”). Fourth, he is also interested in the development of tools for policy evaluation (see his working paper “A Stage-Based Identification of Policy Effects”). Some of his work has been published in journals such as Econometrica; Journal of Public Economics; Journal of Development Economics; Journal of Monetary Economics; AEJ: Macro; Journal of Demographic Economics; Plos One; etc.

Raul is a Beatriz Galindo Senior Research Professor in Economics at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). He is also an Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the CEPR. He previously held an Assistant Professor position at Washington University in St. Louis and as a Research Fellow at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and at the Institute of Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis.

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