Postdoctoral Researcher

at MOVE, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, and Barcelona GSE

Research Interests:

Structural Microeconomics, Econometrics, and Mechanism Design

Contact Information:

Email: or mrho@movebarcelona.euOffice: B3-184Fundació Markets Organizations and Votes in Economics (MOVE) Universitat Autònoma de BarcelonaEdifici B, Campus UAB 08193Bellaterra, Spain



PhD Thesis

Implementation of the Deferred Acceptance Algorithm in School Choice Application

Working Paper(s) (Drafts available upon request)

A Dynamic Estimation Approach for Centralized Matching Markets: Understanding Segregation in Day Care (with Olivier De Groote)

Using data from an online platform that centralizes a day care (0-3 year olds) matching process, we show that disadvantaged children are allocated to nurseries with a higher percentage of disadvantaged children. To understand the cause of this segregated allocation, we use the rich data from the city of Leuven (Belgium) on rank ordered lists of parents and decisions of nurseries to decompose the impact of different factors contributing to the allocation outcome. We find that differences in nursery-specific preferences contribute more to the segregated allocation than either acceptance probabilities, distance or group-specific spillovers. We provide a novel approach to estimate preferences from rank ordered lists in centralized, sequential matching markets by repurposing the Dynamic Discrete Choice (DDC) framework. Recent advances in DDC allow for a computationally efficient and transparent estimator.

Bank Choices and Capital Regulations (with William Bednar)

The purpose of this paper is to understand what drives variation in regulatory capital by decomposing the choices of the banks (i.e., dividend) given the environment (i.e., net income and total equity position). Given the dynamic, non linear nature of the realized net income shocks, we use quantile-based panel data framework for income dynamics, developed in Arellano, Blundell, and Bonhomme (ABB, 2017) to understand dividend choices of each banks given the persistent, bank-specific environments.

Work(s) in Progress

Housing Choices in Spain (with Joan Llull)



PhD Level @UAB: Econometrics II

Undergraduate Level @CMU: Regression Analysis

Coding Bootcamp @CodeOp: Introduction to Programming; Time Series Analysis

Teaching Assistance

MBA Level @CMU : (Introduction to) Financial Accounting; Math Skills Workshop

Undergraduate Level @CMU: Econometrics II; Data Driven Business and Public Policy Decision Making; Auctions and Markets; Intermediate Macroeconomics


Ph.D. in Economics, Carnegie Mellon University, 2019

M.A. in Industrial Administration (Economics), Carnegie Mellon University, 2015

B.A. in Economics, Johns Hopkins University, 2011

B.S. in Applied Mathematics, Johns Hopkins University, 2011