I am an applied human capital economist interested in learning what prevents disadvantaged populations to achieve their full potential.
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.
I also love teaching, learning innovations, public engagement, and talking in general, so don't hesitate e-mailing me at m.vidal-fdez at sydney.edu.au or follow me on Twitter @MVidalfdez. If you want to know more, check my CV and papers below or these Q&A.
The Early Origins of Birth Order Differences in Children's Outcomes and Parental Behaviour. (w. Jee K. Lehmann and Ana Nuevo-Chiquero). Early Career Researcher Award prize, AHES. Journal of Human Resources, Summer 2018 53(3). Most read paper of the journal since 2018.
Wheeling into School and Out of Crime: Evidence from Conditioning Driving Licenses to Minimum Academic Requirements. (w. Rashmi Barua). Interview at the 2017 ASSA Meetings.
In the Media
Birth Order Effect: The Conversation, American Scientist, ABC News, Weekend Sunrise and ABC Radio.
Grandparents': Featured at the Huffington Post.
Room 503, A02 SSB, University of Sydney, 2006
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)