My work aims to contribute to the nascent field of study that combines economics and behavioral science focusing on lab-in-the-field experiments in order to better understand policies and interventions to foster entrepreneurial and creative skills, and ultimately economic development. By collecting new data, my research complements traditional techniques in applied econometrics with the most recent approaches from brain-computer interface and psychology.
One of the topics of my research agenda entails the study of the production function of entrepreneurial skills and socio-emotional skills among individuals. In particular, I studied the impact of orchestra and art-based programs on different educational and labor market outcomes in Latin America.
My job market paper aims to understand the mechanisms through which training programs designed to develop entrepreneurial skills affect educational/labor market outcomes, of which the results to date have been puzzling. I study the role of emotional regulation as a main mechanism explaining observed outcomes. To do so, I conducted a randomized control trial (RCT) on a program that aims to foster entrepreneurial and socio-emotional skills among students in vocational schools in Chile. The study took place throughout the year before their transition to the labor market.
I have been collaborating with governments that are currently designing policies related to my areas of interest. For example, I worked with the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Finance, and the National Science Commission of Chile, Glasswing in El Salvador, and the Inter-American Development Bank. This approach confirms the policy relevance of the studies, as well as facilitate an ex post evaluation.
Finally, I started last October as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Affective Computing Group in the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for the 2016/2017 academic year.