Articles in Refereed Journals

"Assessing the Incidence and Efficiency of a Prominent Place Based Policy", with Jesse Gregory and Patrick Kline. American Economic Review, 2013

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"Productivity and Resource Misallocation in Latin America" with Lucia Madrigal and Carmen Pagés. The B.E. Journal of Macroeconomics, 2013.

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"New Evidence on the Finite Sample Properties of Propensity Score Reweighting and Matching Estimators", with John DiNardo and Justin McCrary. The Review of Economics and Statistics, 2014.

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"Enrollment, Graduation, and Dropout Rates in Latin America: Is the Glass Half Empty or Half Full?", with Marina Bassi and Juan Sebastian Muñoz. Economia, 2015.

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Did You Get Your Shots? Experimental Evidence on the Role of Reminders", with Julian Cristia and Sarah Humpage.  Journal of Health Economics, 2016.

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How Much Are We Willing to Contribute for Better Educational Outcomes? Evidence from a survey experiment", with Samuel Berlinski. Economic Inquiry, 2016

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Challenges in educational reform: An experiment on active learning in mathematics", with Samuel Berlinski. Economics Letters, 2017

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The effects of financial aid and returns information in selective and less selective schools: Experimental evidence from Chile" , with Taryn Dinkelman, Claudia Martinez and, Dario Romero. Labour Economics, 2017

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Improving Access to Preventive Maternal Health Care Using Reminders: Experimental Evidence from Guatemala", with Dario Romero and Dario Salcedo. Economics Letters,  2017


"The Causal Effect of Competition on Prices and Quality: Evidence from a Field Experiment", with Sebastian Galiani. American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, 2019. 

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Rural-Urban Migration at High Urbanization Levels” with Juan Pablo Chauvin and Nicolas Herrera. Regional Science and Urban Economicsforthcoming.

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“Good Peers Have Asymmetric Gendered Effects on Female Educational Outcomes: Experimental Evidence from Mexico” with Veronica Frisancho. Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, forthcoming.

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“Remedial Education: Evidence from a Sequence of Experiments in Colombiaa” with Horacio Alvarez Marinelli and Samuel Berlinski  [Paper] Journal of Human Resources, forthcoming

“The Challenge of Protecting Informal Households during the COVID-19 Pandemic: Evidence from Latin America” with Juanita Camacho, Julian Messina, and Guadalupe Montenegro. [Paper]. PLOS One, forthcoming.


“The Inequality Crisis: Latin America and the Caribbean at the Crossroads”co-editor with Julian Messina, 2020.

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“Learning Better: Public Policy for Skills Development”co-editor with Julian Cristia, Diana Hincapie, Julian Messina and Laura Ripani. Inter-American Development Bank. 2017

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"Disconnected: Skills, Education and Employment in Latin America" with Marina Bassi, Sergio Urzua and Jaime Vargas. Inter-American Development Bank. 2012.

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"Ethnicity and MDGs in Latin America", with Martin Cicowiez and Leonardo Gasparini. United Nations. 2005.


Book Chapters

“Firm Productivity as an Engine of Saving”, with Andres Fernandez and Cesar Tamayo. In “Saving for Development: How Latin America and the Caribbean Can Save More and Better ”, 2016

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"Facts and Determinants of Female Labor Supply in Latin America”, with Dario Romero Fonseca. In “Bridging gender gaps? The rise and deceleration of female labor force participation in Latin America”, 2015.

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"Computers in Schools: Why Governments Should Do their Homework", with Samuel Berlinski, Julian Cristia, and Eugenio Severin. In "Development Connections: Unveiling the Impact of New Information Technologies", 2011.

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"Productivity from the Bottom Up: Firms and Resource Allocation in Latin America", with Lucia Madrigal and Carmen Pagés. In "The Age of Productivity", 2010.

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"Job and Worker Dynamics: The Hidden Side of the Labor Market", with Alejandro Micco. In "Good Jobs Wanted" 2003.

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Hibernating Papers

"Adapting to Climate Change: Long-Term Effects of Drought on Local Labor Markets", with Paulo Bastos and Sebastian Miller.  [Working Paper] [Presentation]

"(In)Formal and (Un)Productive: The Productivity Costs of Excessive Informality in Mexico" with Victoria Fazio and Santiago Levy. [Working Paper]

"Do Local Economic Development Programs Work? Evidence From the Federal Empowerment Zone Program", with Patrick Kline.

Finite Sample Properties of Semiparametric Estimators of Average Treatment Effects”, with John DiNardo and Justin McCrary

A Sequential Method of Moments Variance Estimator of Weighting Estimators of Average Treatment Effects