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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. Previously, he served as Associate Professor and Founder-Director of the Center for Technology and Society at the Universidad de San Andrés (Argentina). He is also 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).

Dr. Galperin is an expert on broadband policy and the Internet’s impact on socioeconomic development. He has written extensively about media and telecommunications policy in Latin America, the impact of Internet adoption on poverty alleviation, and the relation between race and digital inequality in the US context. His 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, among others.

He currently leads two 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.

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Selected publications

Books:

  • Galperin, H., and Mariscal, J. (eds.) (2016). Information technology for development: Opening the Internet black box. CIDE Press.
  • Jordán, V., Galperin, H., & Peres, W. (eds.) (2013). Broadband in Latin America: Beyond Connectivity. Santiago de Chile: ECLAC-UN.
  • Castells, M., Galperin, H., & Fernandez-Ardevol, M. (2011). Mobile communications and development in Latin America. Barcelona: Ariel.

Journal articles:

  • Galperin, H. (forthcoming). 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 (PDF icon 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 icon 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 icon pdf).

Working papers:

  • Galperin, H., & Greppi, C. (2016). Geographical Discrimination in Digital Labor Platforms. Available at SSRN.
  • Galperin, H., Alvarez-Hamelin, I., Viecens, F. (2014). Do Internet Exchange Points Really Matter? Evidence from Bolivia. Available at SSRN.

Book chapters (selected):

  • Galperin, H., & Greppi, C. (forthcoming). Are online work platforms creating a frictionless global labor market? In Graham, M. (ed.), Digital Economies at Global Margins. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Katz, R., & Galperin, H. (2013). The demand gap: Drivers and public policies. In Jordán, V., Galperin, H., & Peres, W. (eds.), Broadband in Latin America: Beyond Connectivity. Santiago de Chile: CEPAL, pp. 33-68.