Sergio Urzua

Department of Economics
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

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Work in Progress

[1] Bullying among Adolescents: The Role of Cognitive and Non-cognitive Skills (with M. Sarsoza). Available: NBER Working Paper No. 21631, October 2015.

[2] Birth Order, Education, and Family Size (with J. Bagger, J. Birchenall, H. Mansour). Submitted . Older version: NBER working paper N 19971, June 2013.

[3] The children of the missed pill: unintended consequences of price collusion (with M. Sarzosa and T. Rau). Manuscript, 2016.

[6] The Effect of Mandated Child Care on Female Wages in Chile (with G. Rucci, M. Prada), NBER working paper N 21080, April 2015.

[7] Returns to Higher Education in Chile and Colombia (with C. Gonzalez-Velosa, G. Rucci, M. Sarzosa), IDB Working Paper Series, N. IDB-WP-587, March, 2015.

[8] The Causal Effect of Skills: An International Study (with R. Espinoza, K. Miyamoto, M. Sarzosa) (Paper available upon request).

[10] Loans for Higher Education: Does the dream come true? (with E. Rojas and T. Rau), NBER working paper N 19138, June 2013.

[11] Education, Health, and Wages (with J. Heckman, John Humphries and G. Veramendi), NBER working paper N 19138, March 2014.

Published Papers (peer-reviewed)

[1] One Size Does Not Fit All: Multiple Dimensions of Ability, College Attendance and Earnings (with Maria Prada). forthcoming , Journal of Labor Economics. Web appendix .

[2] Heterogeneous Economic Returns to Postsecondary Degrees: Evidence from Chile (with Jorge Rodriguez, and Loreto Reyes, Journal of Human Resources, 51(2), April 2016.

[3] Implementing Factor Models with Unobserved Heterogeneity in Stata: The heterofactor command (with Miguel Sarzosa), Stata Journal, 156(1), January 2016.

[4] Early Exposure to Hazardous Waste and Academic Achievement: Evidence from a Case of Environmental Negligence (with Tomas Rau, and Loreto Reyes), Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 527-563, December 2015.

[5] Cost benefit analysis of an integrated ECD program in a low-income country. (with F. Lopez Boo, and G. Palloni), Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1308, 129-138, June 2014.

[6] Economic Perspectives on Integrating Early Child Stimulation with Nutritional Interventions (with H. Alderman, J. Behrman, S. Grantham-McGregor, and F. Lopez Boo), Annals of the New York Academy of Science, 1308, 139-148

[7] The Labor Market Return to an Attractive Face: Evidence from a Field Experiment (with F. Lopez Boo and M. Rossi). Economic Letters. Volume 118, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 170-172. (Top 10 downloads from March 2012, IZA)

[8] The Demand and Supply of Early Education in Chile (with L. Reyes). Estudios Publicos, Vol. 126, 2012.

[9] The Economic Returns to Higher Education in Chile: Revising the Foundations of 30 Years of Public Policies. Estudios Publicos, Vol. 125, 2012. (cited by The Economist

[10] The Effects of Participation in Public Child Care Centers: Evidence from Chile (with G. Noboa-Hidalgo). Journal of Human Capital, 2012, vol. 6, issue 1, pages 1 - 34

[11] The Education Health-Gradient (with G. Conti and J. Heckman). American Economic Review (Papers and Proceedings). May 2010.

[12] Testing the Correlated Random Coefficient Model (with J. Heckman and D. Schmierer). Journal of Econometrics, vol. 157, 2010.

[13] Comparing IV With Structural Models: What Simple IV Can and Cannot Identify (with J. Heckman). Journal of Econometrics, Vol. 156(1), 2010. (Featured by The Economist

[14] Measuring the Impact of Financial Intermediation: Linking Contract Theory to Econometric Policy Evaluation (With R. Townsend). Macroeconomic Dynamics, 13 (2), 2009-268-316, 2009.

[15] Racial Labor Market Gaps: The Role of Abilities and Schooling Choices. Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 43(4): pp. 919-971, 2008.

[16] Instrumental Variables in Models with Multiple Outcomes: The General Unordered Case (with J. Heckman and E. Vytlacil). Les Annales de Economie et de Statistique, 91-92, 2008.

[17] The use of instrumental variables in the presence of heterogeneity and self-selection: an application in breast cancer patients (2007) (With A. Basu, J. Heckman and S. Navarro). Health Economics 16(11):1133-1157, 2007.

[18] Understanding instrumental Variables in Models with Essential Heterogeneity (with J. Heckman and E. Vytlacil). Review of Economics and Statistics, v88, n3, 2006.

[19] The effect of cognitive and Non-cognitive factors in behavioral and labor outcomes (With J. Heckman and J. Stixrud). Journal of Labor Economics, v24, n3, 2006.

Other Publications

[1] Economic Perspectives on Some Important Dimensions of Early Childhood Development in Developing Countries (with J. Behrman) in Handbook of Early Childhood Development Research and Its Impact on Global Policy , Britto, P., Engle, P., and Super, C. (Editors), Oxford University Press, USA, Jan. 2013.

[2] Pobreza y Desigualdad Donde estamos? Hacia donde vamos? Note published as Punto de Referencia, Centro de Estudios Publicos, 2012.
[3] Identifying Labor Market Discrimination using an Experimental Design (with D. Bravo and C. Sanhueza) in Discrimination in Latin America: An Economic Perspective, Nopo, H., Chong, A., Moro, A. (Eds), Inter-american Development Bank, 2009.

[4] Ability, Schooling Choices and Gender Labor Market Discrimination: Evidence for Chile (with D. Bravo and C. Sanhueza) in Discrimination in Latin America: An Economic Perspective, Nopo, H., Chong, A., Moro, A. (Eds), Inter-american Development Bank, 2009.


Disconnected: Skills, Education and Employment in Latin America
(Authors: Marina Bassi, Matias Busso, Sergio Urzua, Jaime Vargas)

Spanish Version Available here: Desconectados: Habilidades, educacion y empleo en America Latina