Pablo Peña


I'm an economist (BA, ITAM, Mexico, PhD, University of Chicago) with a passion for empirical economics. Since 2013, I work in Microanalitica, a consulting firm that uses experiments and quasi-experiments to produce actionable intelligence for businesses, non-profits and government agencies. Most of our clients are in the education sector. 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. I also pursue academic research projects on human capital topics.

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I enjoy teaching college-level economics. I am currently and Adjunct Lecturer at the Kenneth C. Griffin Department of Economics of the University of Chicago. I've also taught at ITAM (Mexico), Loyola University Chicago, and Universidad Iberoamericana-Mexico City.


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