I am a labour economist who uses applied micro-econometrics to study how policy-relevant issues in labor, education, and health affect Human Capital with special attention to disadvantaged children.
For instance, I have studied how setting minimum academic requirements to enroll into athletic activities or obtaining a driving license can improve high school graduation and crime rates, the increasing relevance of grandmothers as childcare givers, the birth order effect, how personality traits affect productivity, and the dynamic and heterogeneous impacts of experiencing the death of a sibling.
If you want to know more, check my CV and papers below or these Q&A. I also love teaching and talking in general, so don't hesitate e-mailing me if you have any further questions, comments or requests.
The Early Origins of Birth Order Differences in Children's Outcomes and Parental Behaviour, 2016. (w. Jee K. Lehmann and Ana Nuevo-Chiquero). Early Career Researcher Award prize, AHES. Forthcoming at the Journal of Human Resources.
Wheeling into School and Out of Crime: Evidence from Conditioning Driving Licenses to Minimum Academic Requirements. (w. Rashmi Barua). Featured at the 2017 ASSA Meetings. New version coming soon!
Are Labor Supply Decisions Consistent with Neoclassical Preferences? Evidence from Indian Boat Owners. (w. X. Giné and M. Martinez-Bravo). R&R at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization.
In the Media
Birth Order Effect: The Conversation, American Scientist, ABC News, Weekend Sunrise and ABC Radio.
Grandparents': Featured at the Huffington Post.
School of Economics, H04 Merewether Building, Sydney, 2008
E-mail: m.vidal-fdez at sydney.edu.au
Great simulations of CLT and Confidence Intervals: http://onlinestatbook.com/
Maths in movies: http://www.math.harvard.edu/~knill/mathmovies
Some videos seen in class:
Rain Man Qantas never crashed
My cousin Vinny
Polio and ice-cream
Announcement of the Sydney Olympics
Judo around the world:
NGO's runned by great people:
ANKAY (Education for disadvantaged teens in Peru)
BDMHDOW (Shelter for old women and free clinic in Guwahati, India)