Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas

Oscar Barriga-Cabanillas

Ph.D. candidate

University of California, Davis

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California, Davis.

In my Job Market Paper, I identify heterogeneous responses to a digital credit product that finances cellphone expenditure. I find poorer customers are able to relax binding liquidity constraints, whereas non-poor customers demand loans for their convenience and not for pressing liquidity needs.

My research combines high-frequency data with traditional household surveys to understand the daily financial lives of the poor. I also explore how Big Data can be used to identify and target vulnerable households, and its limitations.

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Interests

  • Development Economics
  • Poverty and inequality, with an emphasis on remote sensing

Education

  • PhD candidate in Agriculture and Resource Economics, 2021 (expected)

    University of California, Davis

  • MA in Economics, 2012

    Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

  • BA in Economics, 2010

    Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

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