dr. Laura Marcela Capera-Romero

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I am an Assistant Professor at the Finance Department at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. I completed my Ph.D. in Economics at Tilburg University under the supervision of prof. dr. Jaap Abbring and prof. dr. Tobias Klein. In 2016, I graduated with distinction from the CentER Research Master in Economics program at Tilburg University.

Before starting my Ph. D. in the Netherlands, I completed an MSc in Economics at Universidad de Los Andes (Colombia) and worked as an economist at the Financial Stability Department at Banco de la Republica (Central Bank of Colombia).


My research focuses on competition and innovation in retail banking and microfinance. I use empirical industrial organization methods to analyze the effects of innovation and regulatory changes on financial access across geographic markets and competition.


I am participating in the following teaching and supervision activities during the 2020-2021 academic year:

Corporate Finance in Emerging Economies (IBA)

Master Thesis Supervision

Premaster Finance - Academic Paper

Bachelor Thesis Supervision

Research Project (Master Course Finance)

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Academic qualification

Economics, PhD, Tilburg University


Award Date: 7 Dec 2020

Research Master in Economics (with distinction), Master, Tilburg University


Award Date: 31 Aug 2016

Economics, Master, Universidad de los Andes Colombia


Award Date: 30 Sep 2014


  • HG Finance
  • Banking competition
  • Microfinance
  • FinTech
  • F1201 Latin America (General)


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