Ursula Mello


Contact: ursula.mello@iae.csic.es

Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC)

UAB 08193, Bellaterra (Barcelona) Spain

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I am an applied economist interested in Education, Labor and Public Policy.

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Institute for Economic Analysis (IAE-CSIC) and the Barcelona School of Economics (BSE). During 2021-2023, I was awarded an AXA Postdoctoral Fellowship for my project "Public Policies for Tackling Inequality".

I received a PhD in Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid in 2019, with visiting periods at the Department of Economics of Duke University (Spring 2018) and the International Policy Center for Inclusive Growth (Summer 2017). I have also worked as a Consultant for the World Bank Development Research Group (2016-2018) and the World Bank Education Practice (2019-2021).

In my research, I use applied microeconometrics methods to investigate key issues for Educational and Labor Market policies. In the area of Education, my recent work is concentrated on the impact of large reforms in the admission process to higher education. In particular, I study how the centralization of admissions and the expansion of affirmative action quotas, in the context of Brazil, affected the composition of the student body, individuals' incentives and choices. In the topic of Labor, my work is focused on intergenerational mobility and labor market adjustments to economic shocks.