“Wealth creation is the true form of poverty alleviation, and this experience of land titling shows that if it allows people to invest more and if it allows the people to educate their children more, that’s a promising way of poverty alleviation.”
Ernesto Schargrodsky received his Ph. D. in Economics from Harvard University. He is the President of Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and has been the Edward Laroque Tinker Visiting Professor at Stanford University and the De Fortabat Visiting Scholar at Harvard University. His research includes studies of the impact of police deployment on crime, the effect of the privatization of water companies on child mortality, the analysis of popular support for privatizations, the relationship between bureaucratic wages and corruption, the effect of using electronic systems for the payment of welfare programs, the impact on recidivism of the use of electronic monitoring devices instead of incarceration, and the effects of awarding land titles to squatters. He has been awarded fellowships, grants and prizes from Harvard University, Stanford University, Inter-American Development Bank, World Bank, United Nations, Tinker Foundation, International Finance Corporation, Financial Times, PREAL, CONICET of Argentina, and the Global Development Network.