I am a senior economist at the Labor Markets and Social Security Unit of the
Inter-American Development Bank in Mexico City. My areas of interest are labor economics,
labor-market rigidities, worker and job flows, and empirical studies of litigation and
settlement. 

Articles

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Exports and Within-Plant Wage Distributions: Evidence from Mexico (with Judith A. Frias and Eric Verhoogen), American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings (2012)

This paper has had the modest goal of establishing several facts about the effect of...

 

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Entry Regulation and Business Start-ups: Evidence from Mexico (with Eduardo Piedra and Enrique Seira), Journal of Public Economics (2011)

We estimate the effect on business start-ups of a program that significantly speeds up firm...

 

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What Influences Firms’ Perceptions? (with Vikram Pathania), Journal of Comparative Economics (2010)

Perceptions-based indicators are sometimes used to measure the quality of the business environment. For instance,...

 

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Job Creation and Labor Reform in Latin America, Journal of Comparative Economics (2009)

This paper studies the effects of labor-regulation reform using data for 10,396 firms from 14...

 

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Litigation and Settlement: New Evidence from Labor Courts in Mexico (with Joyce Sadka and Jorge Luis Silva-Mendez), Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (2008)

Using a newly assembled data set on procedures filed in Mexican labor tribunals, we study...

 

Contributions to Books

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The Effects of Exaggeration in Labor Lawsuits in Mexico (with Alexander Gotthard and Joyce Sadka), Teoría de juegos y derecho contemporáneo (2009)

This paper uses data gathered by the authors from the archives of a local labor...

 

Unpublished Papers

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Employment and Wage Responses to Trade Shocks: Evidence from Mexico during the 2008-09 U.S. Recession (with Daniel Lederman and Raymond Robertson) (2011)

During the “Great Trade Collapse” of 2008, Mexico’s trade with the U.S. fell nearly 45...

 

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The Plaintiff’s Role in Enforcing a Court Ruling: Evidence from a Labor Court in Mexico (with Joyce Sadka) (2011)

We analyze the outcomes of 332 cases from a labor court in Mexico in which...

 

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Exports and Wage Premia: Evidence from Mexican Employer-Employee Data (with Judith A. Frías and Eric A. Verhoogen) (2009)

This paper draws on a new combination of employer-employee and plant-level data from Mexico to...

 

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Enforceability of Labor Law: Evidence from a Labor Court in Mexico (with Joyce Sadka), World Bank Policy Research working paper No. 4483 (2007)

We analyze lawsuits involving publicly-appointed lawyers in a labor court in Mexico to study the...

 

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Mexican Employment Dynamics: Evidence from Matched Firm-Worker Data (with Gabriel Martínez González and Raymond Robertson), World Bank Policy Research working paper # 4433 (2007)

Using a census of all workers in private establishments in the formal sector in Mexico...

 

Popular Press

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Displaced Workers and Unemployment Insurance in Mexico: Preparing for the Next Crisis (with Raymond Robertson), VoxLACEA (2011)

The recent global economic crisis highlighted the fact that Mexico does not have a safety...

 

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Guest comment: How Can Latin American Countries Create Good Jobs?, Latin American Advisor (2008)

Because of protective labor laws, many firms will find it too costly to fire workers...