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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: Enviromental Economics and Applied Econometrics

Research Statement

The focus of my work is public economics issues in developing country contexts. I have applied observational studies using administrative data and conducted my own experiments and field work to explore government provision of education, health, and environmental protection. Within education, I am interested in the delivery of public education. My current projects examine public-private partnerships, personalized instruction, teacher incentive payments, and the impact of extra educational resources. Within health, my studies has evaluated public health plans, including how they affect pharmaceutical prices and the gains from risk-adjusted payments. Within environmental protection, I have investigated how mining affects public health and how regulations affect the prevalence of illegal mining. In conjunction with this empirical research agenda, I have also worked on methodological issues in applied econometrics and statistics, including optimal answer-copying indices, cross-cut designs in RCTs, misapplication of instrumental variables, and approaches to replication.

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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