Pablo Peña


I'm an economist (BA, ITAM, Mexico, PhD, University of Chicago) with a passion for empirical economics and human capital theory. Since 2019 I teach at the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics of the University of Chicago. In 2013 I co-founded Microanalitica, a consulting firm that uses experiments and quasi-experiments to produce actionable intelligence for businesses, non-profits and government agencies. Previously, I led the Economic Studies area at Mexico’s National Banking and Securities Commission. I worked on antitrust legal conflicts at a Chicago-based consulting firm, and was an analyst at Mexico’s Ministry of Finance on tax policy, insurance, pensions, and development banking. The common thread in my professional life has been the use of large data sets to test economic theories of behavior.


  • Elements of Economic Analysis I
  • Elements of Economic Analysis II
  • Introduction to Econometrics

Working papers

  • Are consumer boycotts in social media “all bark and no bite”? A natural experiment (with Saidé Salazar and Carlos Serrano)
  • Relative age and investment in human capital, 2019, submitted
  • Does relative age affect fame? Ask Wikipedia (with Seth Stephens-Davidowitz), 2018, submitted



Please drop a line if you want to know more about my work or research: pablo [at] uchicago [dot] edu


A treat from a skit show back in 2004.

Credits: Andrew Francis-Tan, Babur de los Santos, and me.