Francisco Buera’s Research


Contact: fjbuera at, Department of Economics, UCLA; Box 951477; Los Angeles, CA, 90095, (310) 825-8018




Entrepreneurship, Financial Markets, and Economic Development


*       “Persistency of Poverty, Financial Frictions, and Entrepreneurship" (2008). 


*       A Dynamic Model of Entrepreneurship with Borrowing Constraints: Theory and Evidence," Annals of Finance (2009) 


*       “Financial Frictions and the Persistence of History: A Quantitative Exploration” with Yongseok Shin, Journal of Political Economy (forthcoming)


*       “Finance and Development: A Tale of Two Sectors” with Joe Kaboski and Yongseok Shin, American Economic Review (2011)


*       “ Self-Insurance vs. Self-Financing: A Welfare Analysis of the Persistence of Shocks with Yongseok Shin, Journal of Economic Theory (2011)


*       Productivity Growth and Capital Flows: The Dynamics of Reforms with Yongseok Shin (2010)


*       Well-Intended Policies with BenMoll and Yongseok Shin (2011)


*       The Macroeconomics of Microfinance“ with Joe Kaboski and Yongseok Shin (2011)


*       Aggregate Implications of a Credit Crunch with Benjamin Moll (2011)


Structural Change and Economic Development


*       "The Rise of the Service Economy," with Joe Kaboski, American Economic Review (2012)


*       "Scale and the Origins of Structural Change," with Joe Kaboski, Journal of Economic Theory (2011)


*       "Can Traditional Theories of Structural Change Fit the Data?" with Joe Kaboski, Journal of the European Economic Association (2009)


Learning, Diffusion, and Economic Development


*       “Models of Idea Flows," with Fernando Alvarez and Robert E. Lucas (2007)


*       "Learning the Wealth of Nations," with Alex Monge and Giorgio Primiceri, Econometrica (2011) 


*       “Idea Flows, Economic Growth, and Trade," with Fernando Alvarez and Robert E. Lucas (2013), Online Appendix


Other Papers


*       "Optimal Maturity of Government Debt without State Contingent Bonds," with Juan Pablo Nicolini, Journal of Monetary Economics (2004) 


*       "Non-parametric Identification and Testable Implications of the Roy Model," (2006)