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
- 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
- Association of Grit scores with treatment adherence and biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes (with Ivan Perez Diaz et al.), JAMA Network Open, 2019
- Relative age and incarceration: born on the wrong side of the calendar, Education Economics, 2019
- The effects of relative and absolute age in the measurement of grit from 9th to 12th grade (with Angela Duckworth), Economics of Education Review, 2018
- Maturity and minorities: the impact of redshirting on achievement gaps (with Matt Lenard), Education Economics, 2018
- Creating winners and losers: Date of birth, relative age in school, and outcomes in childhood and adulthood, Economics of Education Review, 2017
- Personality and Financial Culture: A Study of Mexican Youths, International Handbook of Financial Literacy, 2016
- A not so happy day after all: Excess death rates on birthdays in the U.S., Social Science & Medicine, 2015
- Aggregate shocks and investment in human capital: higher educational achievement during the lost decade in Mexico, El Trimestre Economico, 2013
- How to change stories (Cómo cambiar historias) with Armando Chacon, prologue by Gary Becker, Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2012
- Pricing in the Not-for-Profit Sector: Can Wealth Growth at American Colleges Explain Chronic Tuition Increases?, Journal of Human Capital, 2010
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.