Working papers

"Gender Norms and Domestic Violence" (with Nuria Rodriguez Planas) Revise & resubmit at Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization (September 2019).

"Changes in Inequality in Mortality: New Evidence for Spain" (with Ana Rodriguez) Reject & resubmit at Demography (May 2019).

"Cash Transfers and Fertility: How the Introduction and Cancellation of a Child Benefit Affected Births and Abortions" (with Sofia trommlerová) Barcelona GSE working paper 1153 (February 2020).

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

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

"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.

"Career Incentives in Rural Health Service Provision", with Gianmarco León and Mariel Bedoya (work in progress).

"Can Public Policy Change Gender Norms? How Paternity Leave Affects Children" with Lídia Farré, Christina Felfe and Patrick Schneider (work in progress)


Main publications

Newborn Health and the Business Cycle” (with Ainhoa Aparicio and Judit Vall). Economics and Human Biology 37 (May 2020). Media coverage: The Atlantic (see article), Diari Ara (see article), etc. See also my blog post in Nada Es Gratis.

"Does Paternity Leave Reduce Fertility?" (with Lídia Farré). Journal of Public Economics 172: 52-66 (2019).

“The Impact of Scheduling Birth Early on Infant Health” (with Cristina Borra and Almudena Sevilla), Journal of the European Economic Association 17(1) (2019). See my blog post in Nada Es Gratis; watch me present it in this video.

“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). See also my blog post in Politikon, and this interview by Fundación Ramón Areces.

“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).

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

“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.

“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 (see post).

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

“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.

“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).

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

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, Politiken.

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

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, BBC Radio 4 (listen to interview).

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

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


Other publications

Check out this blog post (in Spanish) where I summarize some of my research in the are of divorce laws.

“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) Watch summary video here.

Check out this video where I summarize some of my research in the area of immigration, 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).

“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).