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Hernan Galperin, Director

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Hernán Galperin (Ph.D., Stanford University) is Research Associate Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Southern California, where he is Director of the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication. He is also affiliated with the USC Annenberg Innovation Lab and the USC Price Spatial Analysis Lab. In addition, Dr. Galperin is Senior Research Fellow at CONICET (the national science council of Argentina), Non-Resident Fellow at Telecom CIDE (Mexico), and Senior Researcher at the Regional Dialogue for the Information Society (DIRSI).Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Founder-Director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina).

Dr. Galperin’s main areas of interest are the political economy and the development impact of new communication technologies. His first book, New TV, Old Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2004), examined how advances in digital compression and transmission technologies in the early 1990s disrupted established policy models for radio spectrum licensing. His later work examined the emergence of cooperative models for broadband provision in Latin America, which led to a broader interest in the appropriation and socioeconomic impact of new media technologies in development contexts. His publications in this area include a book (co-authored with Manuel Castells and Mireia Fernandez-Ardevol) that examines the socioeconomic impact of mobile telephony adoption in Latin America, two edited books for the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and an edited volume (MIT Press, 2015) that summarizes the findings of multiple studies on public Internet access. His most recent book is Information technologies for development: Opening the Internet black box (co-authored with Judith Mariscal). He has also published extensively in major journals such as Telecommunications Policy, The International Journal of Communication, Development Policy Review, Telematics and Informatics, The Information Society, and Information Technologies and International Development (ITID).

He currently leads two large-scale research projects. The first, Connected Cities and Inclusive Growth, examines how spatial inequalities in connectivity infrastructure both shape and reflect differences in digital skills and levels of Internet engagement among low-income Latino households. The project combines the analysis of large-scale household surveys with GIS mapping techniques that enable the visualization of fine-grained data in urban settings.The second project, Digital Work for Development, examines how online gig platforms are affecting labor markets in emerging countries, with particular attention to issues of gender and country of origin discrimination. The project is based on the analysis of online transaction datasets and field experiments.

Dr. Galperin’s work has been supported by UNESCO, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), USAID, the Internet Society (ISOC), the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB), and the James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund.

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Selected publications

Books:

Journal articles:

  • Galperin, H. (2017). Why Are Half of Latin Americans Not Online? A Four-Country Study of Reasons for Internet Non-Adoption. International Journal of Communciation. Pre-publication version (IJOC submission.pdf
  • Galperin, H., &  Viecens, M. F. (2017). Connected for Development? Theory and evidence about the impact of Internet technologies on poverty alleviation. Development Policy Review. Pre-publication version (pdf).
  • Galperin, H., & Ruzzier, C. (2013). Price elasticity of demand for broadband: Evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean. Telecommunications Policy 37: 429–438. Pre-publication version (pdf).

Working papers:

  • Galperin, H., Cruces, G., & Greppi, C. (2017). Gender Interactions in Wage Bargaining: Evidence from an Online Field Experiment. Available at SSRN.
  • Galperin, H., Alvarez-Hamelin, I., Viecens, F. (2014). Do Internet Exchange Points Really Matter? Evidence from Bolivia. Available at SSRN.

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