Francisco J. Buera

Assistant Professor of Economics
University of California at Los Angeles

Francisco (Paco) Buera has been a senior research economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis since 2011. Prior to this position, he was an assistant professor at UCLA (2008–2011), the Peter B. Kenen Fellow in the International Economics Section at Princeton University (2010–2011), visiting scholar at MIT (2008), and an assistant professor at Northwestern University (2004–2008).

In 2004 Paco received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He also holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina, and the University of Chicago, respectively. His current research focuses on macroeconomics and economic development, spanning a wide range of topics: optimal management of government debt; entrepreneurship and financial frictions, and the role of financial markets in the process of development and in explaining business cycle fluctuations; structural change and economic development; the diffusion of economics policies across countries and over time; and the role of international trade in the diffusion of technologies.

Paco’s work has appeared in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Monetary Economics, Annals of Finance, and the Journal of the European Economic Association. He has received several fellowships and awards, including the Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, the Margaret G. Reid Memorial Fund Dissertation Fellowship and a fellowship from the University of Chicago, and grants from the National Science Foundation and the Consortium on Financial Systems and Poverty.