José Ignacio Cuesta

Assistant Professor of Economics, School of Humanities and Sciences

Research Statement

José Ignacio Cuesta works in the fields of industrial organization and public economics, with a focus on the credit, healthcare, and pharmaceutical markets. His work shows show how different forms of regulation affect market outcomes and welfare though the interaction of consumers and firms in the marketplace. He has studied the role of price regulation in credit market, the equilibrium implications of vertical integration between insurers and hospitals, and the effects of quality regulation in the pharmaceutical markets.

Research Interests

  • Industrial Organization
  • Public Economics
  • Financial Regulation
  • Pharmaceutical Market
  • Healthcare Market


José Ignacio Cuesta is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Stanford University, where he teaches Industrial Organization at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is an applied microeconomist with a focus on industrial organization and public economics. He received his undergraduate education from Universidad Católica de Chile, and his PhD from the University of Chicago.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Economics, University of Chicago, 2019
  • MA in Economics, Universidad Católica de Chile, 2010
  • BA in Business and Economics, Universidad Católica de Chile, 2009

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Stanford University, 2020–present

Awards and Honors

  • Speaker, Review of Economic Studies Tour, 2020


Working Papers

José Ignacio Cuesta, Carlos Noton, Benjamín Vatter May 2019

Stanford University Affiliations

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research 2019–2020