? UC San Diego Department of Economics :: Mauricio Romero
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Mauricio Romero

Ph.D. Candidate – Department of Economics

Office: Sequoyah Hall 207

Email: mtromero@ucsd.edu

CV  (PDF)

Department of Economics
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive # 0508
La Jolla, CA 92093-0508

Education

  • Ph.D. Economics - University of California, San Diego - 2018 (expected)
  • B.S., Mathematics - Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Cum Laude) - 2010
  • B.A., Economics - Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia (Summa Cum Laude) - 2009

Fields

  • Primary: Development and Public Economics 
  • Secondary: Environmental Economics and Applied Econometrics

Research Statement

Too often governments fail to provide access to quality public services to the poor. My work focuses on this issue and the bottlenecks that impede high-quality government provision of education, health care, and environmental protection. Within education, I have projects studying public-private partnerships in fragile states, teacher incentive payments, and extra educational resources. Within health care, I am mainly interested in public health insurance plans, including how they affect pharmaceutical prices. Within environmental protection, I am interested in mining and regulation, including how mining affects public health and how regulations affect the prevalence of illegal mining. In conjunction with this empirical research agenda, I work on methodological issues in applied econometrics and statistics, including optimality of statistical tests to detect cheating in standardized exams; cross-cut designs in RCTs; misapplication of instrumental variables; and approaches to replication. [Full Research Statement]

Advisors

Prashant Bharadwaj (co-chair)
U.C. San Diego
Department of Economics
Ph: (858) 822-6760
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Karthik Muralidharan (co-chair)
U.C. San Diego
Department of Economics
Ph: (858) 534-2425
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Craig McIntosh
U.C. San Diego
School of Global Policy and Strategy
Ph: (858) 822-1125
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Jeffrey Clemens
U.C. San Diego
Department of Economics
Ph: (858) 534-5713
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Gordon McCord
U.C. San Diego
School of Global Policy and Strategy
Ph: (858) 534-0590
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