Francisco's research found that while Chile has been considered an exemplary case of a country that escaped the middle-income trap and graduated to a high-income economy in the last decade, its growth in income has outstripped the development of institutions. While income per capita shows the picture of a developed country, Chile’s institutional development, as proxied by its public finance, still seems to reflect a middle-income economy. His paper explores how Chile can mobilize the required additional revenues between 2020 and 2030 to address its unresolved structural inequalities.
On her time at Duke, she said, "Studying Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) at Duke was an incredibly valuable experience in large part due to the large, interconnected network of professors and students who are from LAC countries and/or who share a passion for research and work across the region. From Ambassador Patrick Duddy’s course on U.S. Policy in Latin America to Professor Magda Silva’s Portuguese language classes, Duke provided me with an immersive look into Latin America from the perspective of policymakers, NGOs, and various cultures and socioeconomic groups. Pursuing the certificate has allowed me to travel to and conduct research across Colombia, as well as produce a variety of academic projects on Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Argentina, and the Bahamas."