• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

1. Economic history (North America and Latin America) 19th and 20th century. Research projects aiming to understand a specific historical episode or process.
2. Migration economics: Research projects on immigrant self-selection and assimilation in the past and contemporary settings.
3. Natural experiments of history. Research projects intending to answer empirical questions in development or labor economics using quasi-experimental methods and exploiting a historical source of variation, e.g. past natural disasters, economic shocks, or policy changes.
4. Path dependence and long-run effects of historic events. Research projects aiming to study the causal effects of historic events on contemporary economic development outcomes.

Personal profile


David Escamilla-Guerrero joined the School of Economics and Finance in 2020, after completing his postdoc at the University of Oxford (Pembroke College). He received his PhD in Economic History from the London School of Economics and Political Science - LSE (2020). He also holds an MSc in Economics from the University of Essex (2015), an MSc in Development Economics from the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (2011), and a BSc in Economics from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAM (2010). David is currently an Affiliated Researcher at the Oxford Centre for Economic and Social History.

At St Andrews, David is a member of the Applied Microeconomics Group.

Research overview

David specializes in applied microeconomics. In particular, his research interests are at the intersection between economic history and labor economics, with a focus on North and Latin America. He uses historical microdata and natural experiments of history to study diverse topics in migration/labor economics and to investigate the long-term consequences of historical events.

Teaching activity

EC4424 - Economics of Migration

EC4428 - Topics in Economic History

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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