Marian Vidal-Fernandez

Welcome to my website! I am a PhD graduate in Economics from Boston University. I am currently a senior lecturer at the School of Economics at The University of Sydney, an IZA Research Fellow, an ARC Life Course Centre Researcher in Human Capital and a Charles Perkins Centre Affiliate. If you want to know more about me, check these Q&A.


Recent Papers

The Early Origins of Birth Order Differences in Children's Outcomes and Parental Behaviour, 2015. (w. Jee K. Lehmann and Ana. Nuevo-Chiquero). Early Career Researcher Award prize, AHES. R&R at the Journal of Human Resources.

Do Personality Traits affect Productivity? Evidence from the Laboratory, 2016. (w. Cubel M., Sanchez-Pages S. and Nuevo-Chiquero A.). The Economic Journal.

Dynamic and Heterogeneous Effects of Sibling Death on Children's Outcomes (w. Jason Fletcher and Barbara Wolfe), 2016. Submitted.

No Pass, No Drive: Education and Allocation of Time (w. Rashmi Barua), 2014. Journal of Human Capital, 8 (4): 399-431.

Grandparents' Childcare and Female Labor Force Participation (w. Josefina Posadas), 2013. IZA Journal of Labor Policy, 2 (14): 1-20.

The Effect of Minimum Academic Requirements on High School Graduation, 2011, The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 11 (1), Article 51: 1-21.

In the Media

SBS Radio Interview about IT literacy in Australia (in Spanish)

On the Birth Order Effect in Nada es Gratis (Spanish)

Daily Mail, The Conversation (re-published by SBS and with more than 100k readers), and Nada es Gratis (In Spanish) on Big Five and Productivity.

No Pass, No Drive: Featured at Forbes Blog, in the Senate's Committee of Education of Nevada, and at a Dutch Policy Blog.

Grandparent's: Featured at the Huffington Post.

On the effect of maternal employment on children in a Spanish Newspaper (La Vanguardia).



Complete CV in PDF

My Google Scholar

School of Economics, H04 Merewether Building, Sydney, 2008
E-mail: m.vidal-fdez at



IZA Newsroom
Cheap Talk
Nada es Gratis (Spanish)
Project Syndicate
VOX (Europe)



Teaching Statistics

Great simulations of CLT and Confidence Intervals:

Maths in movies:
Some videos seen in class:
Rain Man Qantas never crashed
My cousin Vinny
Polio and ice-cream
Announcement of the Sydney Olympics

About Guiness and the T-distribution

The Central Limit Theorem






Judo around the world:

Gym Valles (Cerdanyola)
Tohoku (Boston)
UNSW (Sydney)
Warwick and Coventry

My thoughest opponent

NGO's runned by great people:
ANKAY (Education for disadvantaged teens in Peru)
BDMHDOW (Shelter for old women and free clinic in Guwahati, India)