Sergio Urzua is Associate Professor at the Department Of Economics, University of Maryland. His research agenda can be organized into two inter-connected areas. The first one deals with the theoretical consequences of applying standard econometric techniques to economic models where agents are heterogeneous in dimensions unobserved by the researcher. This research has demonstrated the importance of accounting for these unobserved factors – abilities, skills, capacities -, when analyzing income inequality, gender gaps, and access to public services (e.g., child-care centers). The second line of research also deals with models containing heterogeneity but from a more empirical perspective. Specifically, Sergio Urzua’s research has quantified the effects of cognitive and socio-emotional skills on labor market outcomes, schooling choices, and risky behaviors, as well as the intergenerational transmission of cognitive and socio-emotional capabilities. He has also investigated the impact of attending child-care centers on children cognitive and socio-emotional, documenting positive and negative impacts depending on the quality of the service. Prof. Urzua has participated in the economic analysis of different interventions in developing countries. The most recent research highlights the importance of accounting for costs and benefits when analyzing the impact of policy interventions.


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LACEA has established itself as the leading association of economists interested in the problems of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean. For 25 years we have contributed to strengthening ties between the research community and economic decision makers in the region and we have fostered debate and dissemination of better economic and social policies based on economic research. On the occasion of our 25th Anniversary we ask you to donate to make LACEA financially sustainable for the years to come. Please take one minute to donate and join in the celebration of this milestone. Thank you!



We are pleased to announce that the process to elect the Vice President for the period  2018-2019 (to become President for the period 2020-2021) and six new members of the Executive Committee for the period 2018-2021, is now open and will close on November 19th, 2017 at midnight. Please submit your votes here.


Announcement of President Emeritus Awards to Professors Albert Fishlow and Nora Lustig

We congratulate Prof. Albert Fishlow and Prof. Nora Lustig for their title of President Emeritus in recognition for the creation of LACEA. The award ceremony took place in the context of the 2017 meeting of LACEA in Buenos Aires, November 10 (Hotel Inter-Continental, 12 PM). Read the whole announcement here.

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