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Maximo Torero

Division Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division , International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Research field: Economics
IFPRI Director for Latin America, leader of the Global Research
Program on Institutions and Infrastructure for Market Development, and co-leader of the Global Research Program on Urban and Rural linkages.

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Awards and Grants

  •  Jan 2011 
    Chevalier de l’Ordre du M’erite Agricole
  •  Jan 2002 
    Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by The Global Development Network (GDN)
  •  Jan 2001 
    Georg Foster Research Fellowship of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (2000-2001)
  •  Jan 2000 
    Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by The Global Development Network (GDN)
  •  Jan 1998 
    University of California Dissertation Year Fellowship (1997-1998)
  •  Jan 1998 
    Ford-Foundation-ISOP Interdisciplinary Program for Students of Development Areas (1997-1998)
  •  Jan 1997 
    Latin American Center, UCLA Research Grant “Diffusion of Technical Change in Traditional Agriculture
  •  Jan 1997 
    British Foundation Fellowship (1995-1997)
  •  Jan 1997 
    Department of Economics, UCLA, Teaching Assistant Position (1994-1997)
  •  Jan 1996 
    Department of Economics, UCLA, Travel grant for diffusion of research
  •  Jan 1995 
    Inter-American Development Bank Fellowship (1992-1995)
  •  Jan 1994 
    Fulbright Fellowship (1992-1994)
  •  Jan 1994 
    Ford Foundation Fellowship (1992-1994)
  •  Jan 1992 
    National Award for the Best Bachelors Dissertation, Peruvian Economic Consortium and IDRC, Canada
  •  Jan 1990 
    Honorific Mention on Bachelors and Licenciatura Dissertations, Universidad del Pacifico, Lima, Peru

Biographical Information

Maximo Torero is the Division Director of the Markets, Trade, and Institutions Division at the International Food Policy Research Institute, leader of the Global Research Program on Institutions and Infrastructure for Market Development and Director for Latin America. He has fifteen years of experience in applied research and in operational activities. In this capacity as director and research program leader, he directs the activities of an IFPRI unit that conducts research, with special emphasis on M&E of infrastructure and rural development interventions in urban and peri-urban areas through the use of randomized experimental design. Prior to that, he was a senior researcher and member of the executive committee at Group of Analysis for Development (GRADE). He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles Department of Economics, is a professor on leave at the Universidad del Pacífico, was postdoctoral fellow at the UCLA Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR), and an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow at University of Bonn, Germany. Dr. Torero’s major research work lies mostly in analyzing poverty, inequality, importance of geography and assets (private or public) in explaining poverty, and in policies oriented towards poverty alleviation based on the role played by infrastructure, institutions, and on how technological breakthroughs (or discontinuities) can improve the welfare of households. He has won twice the World Award for Outstanding Research on Development given by the Global Development Network (GDN).

His experience extends to projects in Latin America, Sub Saharan Africa (East and West), and Asia. Dr. Torero had a unique expertise on impact evaluation on projects linked to water and sanitation, electricity, ICTs, roads, and in social and institutional aspects on the delivery of public services. He is currently working on water and sanitation in Tanzania and El Salvador. He has also country experience in India (Andrah Pradesh and Punjab), Vietnam, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Uganda, Senegal, Zambia, Mozambique, Peru, Ecuador, and in Central America. In El Salvador he is the chief of party of the impact evaluation of a 600 million US$ investment by MCC in rural infrastructure with a significant component of water and sanitation in rural areas. Dr. Torero has been involved in several projects to evaluate the impact of access to infrastructure and had also design and implement pioneering designs in which an experimental approach is used to investigate the extent to which the cost barriers preventing poorer households from connecting to the different types of infrastructure can be addressed. These studies had led to several policy impacts,
especially on the complementary effects of access to infrastructure. On property rights, Dr. Torero has worked intensively on urban and rural titling and crop choices
as a result of titling projects (see for example the reference to his work in “The Mystery of Capital Deepens.” Economist, August 24, 2006). Finally, on market access,
Dr. Torero has worked on impact evaluation of contract farming arrangements to access to dynamic markets for small commercial farmers, and the creation and sustainability of urban-rural market institutions. His work has also focus substantially on the impact of rural households to phones as an instrument to reduce their asymmetry of information when accessing to markets.

Professional Associations and Advisory Councils:

(a) Member of the American Economic Association (1998-today)
(b) Member of the European Economic Association (1999-today)
(c) Member of the Western Economic Association (1998-2000)
(d) Member of the Econometric Society (1998-today)
(e) Member of the Latin American Econometric Society (1998-today)
(f) Member of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association (LACEA, from 1998-today)
(g) Member of the Southern Regional Science Association (1998-today)
(h) Member of the International Association of Agricultural Economics (2006-today)

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Professional Experience


2006 - Present
Division Director of the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
1999 - Present
Associate Professor (Currently on leave) at Universidad del Pacífico, Economics Department, Postgraduate School
Lima, Peru
Classes taught:
Industrial Organization and Uncertainty and Risk
1997 - Present
Member of the Board of Directors, Director of the Executive Management Committee at Group of Analysis for Development (GRADE)
Lima, Peru
Jan 2005 - Jan 2006
Senior Research Fellow if the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 2003 - Jan 2005
Research Fellow in the Markets, Trade and Institutions Division at International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 2001 - Jan 2003
Senior Researcher at Georg Foster von Humboldt Fellow
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Jan 1998 - Jan 2000
Associate Researcher at Center for Development Research (ZEF)-University of Bonn (Invited Fellow)
Bonn, Germany
Jan 1994 - Jan 1997
Teaching Assistant at Department of Economics, UCLA
Los Angeles, California, United States
Classes taught:
Graduate Level Econometric Software Applications
Intermediate Microeconomics, Econometrics
Jan 1994 - Jan 2003
Associate Researcher at Institute for Social Science and Research, University of California at Los Angeles
Los Angeles, California, United States
Jan 1990 - Jan 1992
Lecturer at Department of Economics, Universidad del Pacifico, Peru
Lima, Peru
Classes taught:
Intermediate Microeconomics
Economics Software Applications
Education


Aug 1998 - Sep 1999
University of California at Los Angeles, Institute of Social Science Research in Los Angeles, California, United States
Post Doctorate
Sep 1996 - Sep 1998
University of California at Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, United States
Ph.D. in Economics
Sep 1991 - Sep 1993
University of California at Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California, United States
M.A. in Economics

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