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Ernesto Schargrodsky received his Ph. D. in Economics from Harvard University in 1998. He is Full Professor of the Business School at UTDT. He was the Director of the Center for Financial Research - CIF, UTDT (2019-2020), the President of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (2011-2019), and previously, he was the Dean of Di Tella Business School. He has been the Edward Laroque Tinker Visiting Professor at Stanford University and the De Fortabat Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. Moreover, he is an independent researcher of CONICET, an affiliated researcher of J-PAL, a member of the National Academy of Economic Sciences of Argentina, and a fellow of the Econometric Society. He is currently the Director of Socioeconomic Research at the Corporación Andina de Fomento.
His research includes studies of the impact of police deployment on crime, the effect of the privatization of water companies on child mortality, the analysis of popular support for privatizations, the relationship between bureaucratic wages and corruption, the effect of mandatory military service on crime, the impact on recidivism of the use of electronic monitoring devices instead of incarceration, and the effects of awarding land titles to squatters.
His work has been published at the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and Journal of Development Economics, inter alia, and has been discussed at The Economist, Financial Times and Wall Street Journal. He has received the 2009 Houssay Award for Researcher in the Social Sciences of the Ministry of Science and Technology of Argentina, the 2005 Houssay Award for Young Researcher in the Social Sciences of the Ministry of Education of Argentina, and the 2008 Premio Consagración from the National Academy of Economic Sciences of Argentina. He has been awarded fellowships, grants and prizes from Harvard University, Stanford University, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations, Tinker Foundation, International Finance Corporation, PREAL, CONICET of Argentina, CAF, Ronald Coase Institute, Lincoln Institute, FONCYT and the Global Development Network. He has worked as a consultant for Telefónica de Argentina, Movicom, Münchener Ruck, CICOMRA, NERA, Banco Río, CIPPEC, Procuradoría General del Estado of Ecuador, and Procuración General del Tesoro, Ministerio de Economía and Comisión Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia of Argentina.