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I am a National Council for Science and Technology (Conacyt) Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Chicago. I graduated summa cum laude and as valedictorian from CIDE (Mexico) in 2010 with a B.A. in Economics. I visited the University of Chicago in the winter and spring of 2009 as an undergraduate student and received and M.A. in Economics from this university in 2012.

     I am currently a third year Ph.D. student. My research interests include Family Economics, Human Capital Formation and Accumulation, and the Quantitative Study of Socio-Economic Inequality. My current research focuses in two areas: (i) formal and informal labor and credit markets; (ii) early childhood human capital formation and accumulation. The main objective of my research is to understand how market structures and investment choices determine life-cycle and cross-sectional inequality.


These are the links to my publications and working papers.



1. The Price of Fringe Benefits when Formal and Informal Labor Markets Coexist (with David Argente). 2015. IZA Journal of Labor Economics. 3:14.

2. Why Do Formal Credit, Informal Credit, and both Types of Credits Coexist as Consumer Choices? (with Víctor G. Carreón and Sonia Di Giannatale). 2015. Economics Bulletin. 35:1. Data Appendix.

Not Peer-Reviewed

1. Early Childhood Education (with Sneha Elango, James J. Heckman, & Andres Hojman). 2016. Economics of Means-Tested Transfer Programs in the United States, Volume II. The University of Chicago Press, edited by Robert Moffitt.

2. Social Policy: Targeting Programmes Effectively (with James J. Heckman). 2017. Nature Human Behavior 1:0019.


1. Dynamic Complementarity or Substitutability? Parental Investment and Childcare in the Production of Early Human Capital (with Sebastián Gallegos). 2017 (under review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management).

2. Quantifying the Life-cycle Benefits of a Prototypical Early Childhood Program (with James J. Heckman, Duncan Ermini Leaf, and María José Prados). 2017 (under review, Journal of Political Economy).

3. Gender Differences in the Benefits of an Influential Early Childhood Program (with James J. Heckman and Anna L. Ziff). 2017 (under review, European Economic Review).