Ernesto is the Harold Furst Associate Professor of Management Philosophy and Values in the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He is also the director ofBCEP.
He is primarily interested in Political Economy issues. His research focuses on the intersection between Economics and Politics, with an emphasis on phenomena like political influence, corruption, and social conflict.
In his papers he has investigated issues linking coercion with political influence, and the performance of democratic institutions. In particular, he has studied the corruptibility of committees, and how voting rules may be used to attain commitment in policymaking without renouncing flexibility. He also explored, from a theoretical point of view, the problem of how economics may affect social and political conflict. Empirical projects of mine have been focused on the connection between corruption and the inefficiency of firms, and on the self-perpetuation of political elites.
Most of his teaching takes place in the MBA program at Haas, where he teaches Ethics.