Infant health

"Political Instability and Birth Outcomes: Evidence from the 1981 Military Coup in Spain" (with Ainhoa Aparicio), submitted (May 2010).

“The Impact of Scheduling Birth Early on Infant Health” (with Cristina Borra and Almudena Sevilla), Journal of the European Economic Association (forthcoming). See my blog post in Nada Es Gratis (October 2014); watch me present it in this video.

“Birth Timing and Neonatal Health” (with Cristina Borra and Almudena Sevilla), American Economic Review Papers & Proceedings, 106(5): 329-32 (2016).

“Sex Selection and Health at Birth among Indian Immigrants” Economics and Human Biology 29: 64-75 (2018). Media coverage: Barcelona GSE Focus (here), El País (see article), ABC (see article), El Mundo (see article), etc, May 2015. See also my blog post in Politikon, and this interview by Fundación Ramón Areces.

Newborn Health and the Business Cycle” (with Ainhoa Aparicio). Barcelona GSE Working Paper 702. Media coverage: The Atlantic (see article), Diari Ara (see article), etc. See also my blog post in Nada Es Gratis.


Family policy

"The Effect of an Income Shock at Birth on Child Health: Evidence from a Child Benefit in Spain" (coming soon) See me present a preliminary version here.

"Does Paternity Leave Reduce Fertility?" (with Lídia Farré), submitted (May 2018).

"The Effect of Abortion Legalization on Fertility, Marriage, and Long-Term Outcomes for Women" (with Sergi Jiménez, Natalia Nollenberger and Judit Vall) (May 2018)

“The Effects of a Universal Child Benefit on Conceptions, Abortions, and Early Maternal Labor Supply.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5(3) (2013). Media coverage: Nada es Gratis, April 2011 (see post), Rebelión, May 2010 (see article), see also my blog post in Politikon.

“Targeting Fertility and Female Participation through the Income Tax” (with Ghazala Azmat) Labour Economics 17(3): 487–502 (2010).



Check out this blog post (in Spanish) where I summarize some of my research in this area.

“The Long-Term Effects of Legalizing Divorce on Children” (with Tarja Viitanen), IZA Discussion Paper 3789. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 80(2): 327-357 (2018).

“The social effects of divorce laws” (2015) Els Opuscles del CREI, N. 40. (Survey piece)

“Should divorce be easier or harder?” (2014) IZA World of Labor. (Policy piece)

“The Risk of Divorce and Household saving Behavior" (with Berkay Ozcan), Journal of Human Resources 48(2): 404-434 (2013). (Additional tables) Media coverage: New York Times Economix Blog, October 2008 (see post).

“Female Labor Supply and Divorce: New Evidence from Ireland” (with Olivier Bargain, Claire Keane and Berkay Ozcan). European Economic Review, 56(8): 1675–1691 (2012). Media coverage: The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Times of India, Belfast Telegraph, etc.

The Effect of Divorce Laws on Divorce Rates in Europe” (with Tarja Viitanen), European Economic Review 53: 127–138 (2009). Media coverage: The Times of Malta (August 2008), Servicio de Información y Noticias Científicas (May 2009), Danish newspaper Politiken (May 2009).



Check out this video from the Barcelona GSE where I summarize some of my research in this area, and this piece broadcast on NPR where I was interviewed.

“How do Open Economies Adjust to Large Immigration Flows? Sectoral Specialization, Household Services, and Other Mechanisms” (with Francesc Ortega). Lead article, CESifo DICE Report 12(2): 3-9 (2014).

“Immigration and Housing Booms: Evidence from Spain” (with Francesc Ortega). Journal of Regional Science, 53(1): 37-59 (2013).

“Immigration, Family Responsibilities and the Labor Supply of Skilled Native Women” (with Lidia Farre and Francesc Ortega). The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy: Vol. 11: Iss. 1 (Contributions), Article 34 (2011).

“How Do Very Open Economies Absorb Large Immigration Flows? Evidence from Spanish Regions.” (with Francesc Ortega) Labour Economics 18: 57-70 (2011). 

"Nonparametric Bounds on the Returns to Language Skills.” Journal of Applied Econometrics 20(6): 771-795 (2005).


Single mothers

“The Determinants of the Prevalence of Single Mothers: A Cross-Country Analysis.” IZA Discussion Paper No. 1677. Media coverage: The Sunday Times, September 2003 (see article).

Single Mothers, Welfare, and Incentives to Work.” LABOUR: Review of Labour Economics and Industrial Relations 22 (3): 447–468 (2008).

“Single Mothers in Europe: A Decomposition Approach.” In Demographic Economics Research Perspectives, Edited by Paul E. Gordeev, Nova Publishers (2008). Media coverage: New York Times “Room for Debate”, May 2009 (see post).

The Effect of Benefits on Single Motherhood in Europe: Evidence from the ECHP.” Labour Economics 14(3): 393-412 (2007). Media coverage: The Sunday Times (August 2006), BBC Radio 4 (September 2006, listen to interview).

Single Mothers and Work.” Socio-Economic Review 2: 285-313 (2004).