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. Here is a list of my published works:
- 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
I enjoy teaching college-level economics. I currently teach 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