Gustavo J. Bobonis is an expert in development economics. His recent research has focused on government accountability and the effects of social policies on human and economic development. Bobonis’ areas of interest include development economics, political economy, and labor economics. He is the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the John Charles Polanyi Prize for Economics in 2009, the Journal of Development Economics Award in 2003, and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) research grant for the years 2007- 2009. He is also Associate Professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto, where he holds a Canada Research Chair in the Political Economy of Development. He has published in distinguished academic journals including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the Review of Economics and Statistics. Professor Bobonis received his BA in Economics from the University of Puerto Rico, and his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.