Victoria Paniagua (PhD, Duke University), a 2018-2019 Kellogg Institute Visiting Fellow, is a political scientist whose research lies at the intersection of comparative and international political economy. Her research investigates the historical and contemporary drivers of development and redistribution in developing countries with a regional focus on Latin America.

During her fellowship at Kellogg, Paniagua will study the historical roots of economic elites’ capacity to shape policies with high impact on development and redistribution. Against existing theories that largely assume that economic elites identify with a single economic activity, she proposes that the diversification structure of elites’ asset portfolio explains their policy preferences and political involvement. Her study compares Argentina and Chile from their early stages of modernization (circa 1850s) until the late 20th century, and draws on over a century of original archival data on elites' personal networks and asset ownership, transcripts from parliamentary sessions, and roll-call data.

In other projects, Paniagua examines alternative factors that affect the prospects for development and redistribution: international financial markets' behavior, state capacity, voters' preferences, and clientelism.

Before studying at Duke, Paniagua was educated at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in her native Argentina, where she was a National Science Council (CONICET) Fellow.

Thematic Interests

Development, redistribution, and business-state relations in Latin America

Current Research

Elites, Portfolio Diversification, and the Politics of Development and Redistribution


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