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Estrada Martinez, Ricardo


CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, Argentina



Max Weber alumnus

Department of Economics

Cohort(s): 2014/2015, 2015/2016

Ph.D. Institution

Paris School of Economics, France


I am an applied economist working on education, labour and development economics.
I hold a PhD in Economics from the Paris School of Economics and I graduated from the MA in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.
In my doctoral dissertation, I use the centralized admission system to public high schools in Mexico City to study the general equilibrium effects of a change in demand over elite schools on school stratification, and the causal effect of elite schools on students’ expected wages, as a novel indication of school value-added. I also evaluate – using a recent reform – the use of discretion in teacher hiring versus using a standardized test with no predictive power over teacher quality.
I have worked as a consultant for international organizations, like the International Fund for Agricultural Development of the United Nations and the Population Council, and I published the book “Professionals on Tenterhooks”on the labour market for college graduates in Mexico. Earlier in my career, I worked as a researcher at the think tank CIDAC and as a consultant at INSAD and Hill and Knowlton in Mexico City.
I was a teaching assistant, over two years, for the microeconomics sequence of the MA in Public Policy and Development at the Paris School of Economics and for an MA level course in economics and globalization at the Paris School of International Affairs of Sciences Po.
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