Stéphane Straub is an Associated Professor at the University Toulouse 1 since September 2008. Before that he was a lecturer in economics at the University of Edinburgh (2003 - 2008). He got a PhD in economics in 2002 from the University of Toulouse-MPSE, under the supervision of Jean-Jacques Laffont, before spending one year visiting Michigan State University. Previously, he spent 10 years in Latin America (Paraguay) where he was, among others, an entrepreneur, a teacher, a private consultant, and a government advisor. His research interests combine theoretical and empirical applications of incentive theory to development issues, studying the impact of contractual and institutional constraints on the behaviour of economic agents. Specific topics include infrastructure, privatization, informality, corruption, institution building and local governance. He is also a consultant to the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank among others.