Monica Martinez-Bravo is an Associate Professor at CEMFI in Madrid. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2010. Before moving to CEMFI, she was Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Monica is an Affiliate of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), the International Growth Center (IGC), and the Center for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). She is also a member of the director board of the Review of Economic Studies and a member of the European Economic Association Council. In 2021 I was awarded the Banco Sabadell Award to the best Spanish economist under 40. Her research interests are in the fields of development economics and political economy. She has studied the determinants of the elite capture in consolidating democracies and the role of the quality of political representatives in public good provision.Monica's research has been published in the American Economic Review, Econometrica, Journal of the European Economic Association and American Economic Journal: Applied Economics.