Esteban, whose family is from Ecuador, joined IFPRI in August 2008. Prior to joining IFPRI he worked with the Rural Income Generating Activities (RIGA) initiative at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
Esteban hold an M.A. in International Development from the School of International Service (SIS) at American University. His thesis work, completed in conjunction with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), focuses on the impacts of a conditional cash transfer program (Oportunidades) on poor, indigenous households. Esteban also holds a B.A. in economics from Tufts University. After his undergraduate studies, he served two years with the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC).
His professional interests include applied microeconomics, survey design and fieldwork, econometrics, and project evaluation, as well as rural-urban linkages, poverty dynamics, migration, social safety nets, and gender.