"No country, however rich, can afford the waste of its human resources, demoralization caused by
vast unemployment is our greatest extravagance, morally, it is the greatest menace to our social order.
"

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, September 30, 1934.


I am currently Associate Professor (with tenure) at City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College, (since 2014); elected executive committee member of the European Association of Labour Economics (EALE) from 2016 to 2019; and managing editor of IZA Journal of Labor Policy (since 2012).

Prior to moving to New York, I was Visiting Research Fellow at IZA in Bonn from 2011 to 2014,  Visiting Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra from 2012 to 2013, Assistant Professor at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona from 2004 to 2011, and Affiliated Professor at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics from 2007 to 2012.  I have also held positions in Washington DC as an Economist at Mathematica Policy Research from 2000 to 2004, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System from 1998 to 2000, and the Brookings Institution from 1997 to 1998.  I received my Ph.D. in Economics in 1999 from Boston University.

My research fields are:
Labor Economics, Education Economics, Cultural Economics, Economics of Gender, Family Economics, and Immigration Economics.

I have published in the American Economic Review, American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the Journal of Human Resources, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Economic Letters, the Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, the Journal of Population Economics, and Labour Economics, among other journals.  Much of my work has been written about in The New York Times, The Wilson Quarterly, El País, El Economista, La Vanguardia, TImes of India, Science Newsline, and Science Daily.  See my most recent citation index at Google Scholar.

Ranked top 4% economist by RePEC in the last 10 years and top 2% female economists as of January 2017