Byron Villacis

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Byron Villacis

2232 Piedmont Ave University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-2120
Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests
Global & Transnational Sociology, Sociology of Statistics, Sociology of Expertise, Public Policy and Sociology of Corruption.

I am a social science researcher interested in the connections between Sociology, Demography, and Economics. Particularly, I am interested in the role of quantifications in societies and in quantitative methodologies in social sciences.

I am finishing my PhD at the University of California – Berkeley. I studied Economics at the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (M.Sc.) and the University San Francisco de Quito (B.A.). I was the General Director of the National Institute of Statistics and Censuses of Ecuador for five years (2007-2012). I led the 2010 population census and administered around 35 national official surveys – including the National Survey of Employment and Unemployment, the National Survey of Violence Against Woman, and the National Survey of Live Conditions. I have also directed private research companies and have been a consultant for national and international organizations. I am one of the founders of the Latin American Observatory of Population Censuses (OLAC) and am interested in the promotion and vigilance of transparency of public statistics in Latin America.

PhD Date:
Dissertation Title
Manufacturing Corruption: A Genealogy of the Corruption Perception Index
Dissertation Committee
Marion Fourcade (Chair), Mara Loveman, Laura Enriquez