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Raul Sanchez de la Sierra - Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley. Berkeley, CA, US

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra Raul Sanchez de la Sierra

Assistant Professor | Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley


Areas of Expertise (4)


Political Economy

Development Economics



Raul Sanchez de la Sierra is an Assistant Professor at Berkeley Haas. He is also an Azrieli Global Scholar at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Faculty Affiliate, and an International Growth Centre (IGC) Faculty Affiliate. His work covers development economics, political economy, conflict, taxation. He has a PhD in economics from Columbia University, an M.Sc. in development economics from Sciences-Po, Paris, and a B.Sc. in economics from Carlos III Madrid; Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet Munich.

Education (4)

Columbia University: PhD, Economics

Columbia University: MPhil, Economics

Sciences-Po, Paris: MSc, Development Economics

Ludwig-Maximilians Universitaet Munich: BSc, Economics

Honors & Awards (7)

Azrieli Global Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research


Academy Scholar, Harvard University


Leitner Family student fellowship for research in Africa


University of Chicago Summer School in Socioeconomic Inequality


Columbia University Teaching, Research and Dissertation Fellowships

2010 – 2014

IGERT Fellow (with J Stiglitz and A Noman)


La Caixa Foundation Scholarship for Postgraduate studies in the United States

2008 – 2010

Selected External Service & Affiliations (1)

  • Referee for: American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, American Economic Review, American Political Science Review, Economic Development and Cultural Change, International Economics Review, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of the European Economic Association, Journal of Peace Research, Journal of Political Economy, Theoretical Economics, World Development

Positions Held (1)

At Haas since 2015

2016 – present, Azrieli Global Scholar, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research 2016 – present, Center for Effective Global Action (CEGA) Faculty Affiliate 2016 – present, International Growth Centre (IGC) Faculty Affiliate 2015 – present, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley 2014 – 2015 Academy Scholar, Harvard University

Media Appearances (1)

Where do our values come from?

The Week  online


"A 2017 paper by the economists Nathan Nunn of Harvard University and Raul Sanchez de la Sierra of the University of California, Berkeley mentions gri-gri, a magical powder that witchdoctors manufacture. In 2012, following a period of widespread banditry and state insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, gri-gri came to a village elder in a dream. Applying this powder made the user bulletproof, and it worked so well that neighboring communities swiftly adopted it. The reason was simple: Groups fight better than individuals, and more people will dare to fight if they believe they are bulletproof. Hence, a village using gri-gri was more likely to survive..."

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Selected Papers & Publications (4)

Can Externally Mandated Gender Requirements Empower Women

Journal of Development Economics

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra and M Humphreys


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On the Origin of States: Stationary Bandits and Taxation in Eastern Congo

CEPR Policy Journal

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra


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Why Being Wrong can be Right: Magical Warfare Technology and the Persistence of False Beliefs

American Economic Review Papers and Proceedings

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra and N Nunn


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Fishing, Commitment, and Communication: Comprehensive Nonbinding Registration

Political Analysis

Raul Sanchez de la Sierra, M Humphreys and P Van der Windt


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