Alejandro is a PhD Candidate at the Economics Department of the University of Pennsylvania. His research studies how social networks mediate the impact of social programs, through peer pressure, information diffusion, and competition. His dissertation focuses on developing novel econometric methods for analyzing network data and spillover effects. Alejandro was the recipient of the Joel Popkins Award for best teaching by a graduate student in 2018 and the Department Award for the best preliminary examination in the field of econometrics in 2016.
Prior to coming to Penn, Alejandro was working at the Center for the Study of Economic Development (CEDE), where he studied the impact of Colombian government policies on early childhood development. He holds an M.A. in Economics and a B.A. in Business Administration from Universidad de los Andes.