Aldo Elizalde

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Lecturer in Economics, Queen's Management School

Research Associate, Centre for Economic History

Affiliate, Centre for Health Research (CHaRMS)


University administration:

Theme leader (population), Centre for Health Research (CHaRMS)


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Research Focus

Aldo Elizalde is an applied economist with a particular focus on economic history and development. Specifically, his expertise is understanding why and how societies differ in their income levels, using cutting-edge quantitative methods and historical approaches.


Aldo is an expert on the relationship between institutions and long-run development. His most recent publications examine the role of pre-colonial institutions in the socioeconomic development of Latin America. More recently, Aldo began to explore the effects of pre-colonial trade routes on contemporary outcomes in Australia. He is also studying the interplay between socially disadvantaged ethnic groups, ethnic politics, and development in South America.


Among other publications, Aldo has published in the top journal in the field of development economics (Journal of Development Economics).

Research Interests

Economic history, development economics, political economy, and economic geography


Aldo holds an MSc in Economic Development and PhD in Economics from the University of Glasgow. In 2017, he was awarded the prestigious British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship, with a total value of £313,536. In June 2020, he was awarded the Sir Alec Cairncross Prize for best paper submitted by a young economist.


Before joining Queen's in 2021, Aldo worked as a Lecturer in Economics, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, and Research Associate at the University of Glasgow.  


Current teaching duties:

  • Statistical methods (ECO1003)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


  • HC Economic History and Conditions
  • F1201 Latin America (General)


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