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Gonzalo Nunez-Chaim.

Gonzalo Nunez-Chaim

Research Economist - What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth

Expertise: development eonomics, programme evaluation, urban economics


Gonzalo is a Research Economist at the What Works Centre for Local Economic Growth. He works with governments to help design, deliver and analyse randomised control trials and quasi-experimental impact evaluations to inform policies aimed at improving welfare conditions and economic growth. Previously, he was a Research Officer at the Department of International Development at the LSE. Gonzalo has also worked as consultant for the World Bank, UNICEF and Oxford Policy Management. He has work experience in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. He obtained a Master in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Current areas of research include:

  • Explaining the effects of the largest business support programme in the UK, which offered diagnostic support to all applicants and subsidised business advice to a group of randomly selected firms (with H.Overman and C. Riom).
  • Measuring the extent to which a subsidy programme helped increasing consumption and supported businesses in the context of recovering after a COVID-19 lockdown (with N. González-Pampillón).
  • Understanding if the model of accelerators –intensive packages of support to startups- are effective at increasing participant’s outcomes (with H. Overman, O. Silva, M. Nathan and C. Riom).