Marian Vidal-Fernandez


Welcome to my website! I am a senior lecturer at The University of Sydney, an IZA Research Fellow, an ARC Life Course Centre Researcher in Human Capital and a Charles Perkins Centre Affiliate.

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.

Recent Papers

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.

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 qz.com 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

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


 

Blogs

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

 




 

Teaching Statistics

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
Moneyball
Polio and ice-cream
Announcement of the Sydney Olympics

About Guiness and the T-distribution

The Central Limit Theorem

 

 

 

 

Others

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)