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Alfredo Burlando

Associate Professor
Co-Director of Master's Studies
African Studies, Economics
Phone: 541-346-1351
Office: 513 PLC
Office Hours: Winter 2023: Monday 9:30 - 11:00
Research Interests: Development economics, economics of corruption, savings strategies in developing countries, health and fertility


  • Ph.D., Economics, Boston University, Boston, M.A., 2010
  • M.A., Economics, University of California, Davis, 2003
  • B.A., Economics, University of California, Davis, 2003


Professor Burlando’s current research focuses on the interaction between formal financial markets and informal risk sharing networks in East Africa, with ongoing projects on mobile money in Tanzania and savings groups in Uganda. His past work includes an examination of the impact of infrastructure development on health and fertility in Tanzania. He also works on theories that explore the implications of drug legalization on police corruption. Professor Burlando is an Italian national, born in Venezuela to an Italian father and a Colombian mother. He speaks Spanish and became fluent in KiSwahili during his two years working in East Africa. Burlando’s family lives in the alpine region of Italy, in a small town near the Dolomites where he loves hiking with his father.

Burlando lives in Eugene with his wife and daughter.


  • Legalize, Tax, and Deter: Optimal Enforcement Policies for Corruptible Officials, 2013
  • Collusion and the Organization of the Firm, 2013
  • Transitory Shocks and Birth Weights: Evidence from a Blackout in Zanzibar, 2013
  • Power Outages, Power Externalities, and Baby Booms, 2013
  • Does Malaria Reduce Education? Findings from the Ethiopian Highlands
  • Pirates at Sea: Estimating the Trade and Price Consequences of Maritime Insecurity



  • Development Economics
  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Microeconomic Theory