Sergio Urzua

Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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Sergio S. Urzua

Professor of Economics, University of Maryland

Sergio Urzua is a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. He is also Director of the Lacea Labor Network; Research Director of The Research Institute for Development, Growth, and Economics (RIDGE); Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA); and International Research Fellow at Clapes-UC.

His research focuses on labor economics, especially the role of abilities, skills, and uncertainty as determinants of schooling decisions, labor market outcomes, social behavior, and inequality. In addition, his applied research analyzes selection models with unobserved heterogeneity and the impact evaluation of social programs in developing and developed countries. His work has been published in leading academic journals. Urzua teaches Labor Economics at the Ph.D. level and Policy and Program Evaluation at the undergraduate level. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chile and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago.





Publications and Working papers


Constitución y Desarrollo. Felipe Larraín and Sergio Urzua. Editorial Universidad Católica de Chile. February 2022.

The Fast Track to New Skills: Short-Cycle Higher Education Programs in Latin America and the Caribbean. M. Ferreyra, L. Dinarte, and M. Bassi. The World Bank, 2021.

Education on the Fast Track (Educación con Patines). Arturo Fontaine and Sergio Urzua. Editorial el Mercurio, February 2018. Website.

At a Crossroad: Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. M. Ferreyra, C. Avitabile, J. Botero, F. Haimoivh, and S. Urzua. The World Bank, 2017.

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

Papers also available here:

NBER working papers (click)

IZA working papers (click)

Clapes-UC seminars and articles (click)

OpEd and Social Media

Twitter: @surzua_chile

Bi-weekly OpEd in El Mercurio (Chile)