Ph.D., The University of Chicago (2016)Postdoctorate, Princeton University (2018)


I'm an Assistant Professor of Economics at the UAI Business School, Chile.

My work uses economic models, field experiments and administrative data to study behavioral and human capital topics.

IZA Research FellowHCEO - UChicago Network MemberGoogle Scholar Profile: 842cites, H-index: 11

Network Member

HCEO - U. of Chicago 

Research Fellow, IZA

 Institute of Labor Economics

Research Fellow, GLO Global Labor Organization 

Academic Collaborator

Behavioral Insights & Parenting Lab


10. Economics of Education Review, 2024. [link].

Childcare and Parenting in the Production of Early Skills,

with J.L. Garcia.  Previously circulated as SSRN working paper

 Complementarity and Substitutability in the Production of Early Human Capital [link]. 

9. Journal of Public Economics, 2023 [link] [Twitter (X) thread by @JPubEcon].

Increasing the Take-up of Public Health Services: an At-Scale Experiment on Digital Government,

with B. Roseth, A. Cuesta and M. Sanchez. Inter-American Bank Working Paper #1180 [link].

8. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 2023 [link].

Political Turnover Negatively Affects the Quality of Public Services: A Replication,  

I4R Discussion Paper Series #39 [link].

7. Journal of Human Resources, 2022. [link].

Early Skill Effects on Parental Beliefs, Investments, and Children Long- Run Outcomes, 

with P. Celhay. U. of Chicago Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Paper Series #2020-014 [link]. Research Spotlight! [link].

6. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 2021 [link].

A Behavioral Approach to Increasing Preschool Attendance, 

with S. Mayer and A. Kalil

5. Journal of Human Resources, 2019 [link]. 

Using Behavioral Insights to Increase Parental Engagement, 

with S. Mayer, A. Kalil and Phil Oreopoulos. NBER Working Paper #21602 [link].  

4. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, 2015 [link]. [pre-doctoral publication]

Persistence in the Transmission of Education: Evidence across Three Generations for Chile, 

with P. Celhay. 

3. Labour Economics, 2011 [link]. [pre-doctoral publication]

The 1999-2007 Public-Private Wage Gap in LAC: A Matching Approach, 

with A. Mizala and P. Romaguera. 

2. Cepal Review, 2011 [link]. [pre-doctoral publication]

Decomposing Wage Inequality in Latin America: A Decade of Changes, 

with D. Contreras. 

1. Quality of Education, 2009,  [link]. [pre-doctoral publication]

Does Relative Ability Matter in College? 

with D. Contreras and F. Meneses, in Spanish. 

Selected Ongoing Work

Educational Mobility Across Three Generations in Latin America,

with P. Celhay. Winner of CAF Grant Mobility in Latin America (out of 216 proposals).  U. of Chicago Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Paper Series #2023-013 [link]. IZA working paper [link].  Revise & Resubmit, Journal of Population Economics.

Mass Reproducibility and Replicability: A New Hope,

with A. Brodeur, D. Mikola, N. Cook and moreI4R Discussion Paper Series #107 [link]. IZA Discussion Paper #16912 [link]. Highlighted at the IZA Newsroom [link]. Submitted.

The Sources of Researcher Variation in Economics,

with N. Huntington-Klein, C. Portner and more. Annual Conference of the Western Economic Association International [link], Economic Methodology session.

Screening and Recruiting Talent At Teacher Colleges using Pre-College Academic Achievement,

with C. Neilson, F. Calle and M. Karnani. 

Princeton University, Industrial Relations Section Working Paper #636.

HCEO-UChicago Working Paper #2022-004 [link].  

Returns to Education in Mechanisms with Strategic Reporting and Imperfect Compliance: The Chilean Case, 

with M. Berthana, M. Luflade and I. Mourifie. Work in Progress.

Returns to Human Capital Investments beyond College, 

with C. Neilson, F. Huneeus and G. Gaete. Work in Progress.

50 years of College Entrance Exams and Gaps in College Access in Chile, 

with A. Barrios and C. Neilson. Presented in the World Bank's Seminar  "Higher Education for Social Mobility and Talent Development". Work in Progress. [link].  

Book Chapters

Financing Education for Vulnerable Groups: The Preferential School Subsidy, 

with P. Romaguera,  in "The New Policies on Social Protection in Chile" (Spanish), 

Ch. 5, pp. 191-238. O. Larranaga and D. Contreras, editors. 

United Nations Development Programme, Uqbar, 2010.  [link to book]

 Financing Education in Chile: Challenges on Equity and Quality,

with P. Romaguera, in "Social Policy and the Strengthening Democracies in Latin America" 

(Spanish), Ch. 6, pp. 159-182. A. Barcena and O. Kacef, editors. 

 Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, 2011.  [link to book]