Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE, Spain, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Associate Professor (with tenure), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, since February 2010.
Labor economics, public economics, applied econometrics, family economics, immigration economics, law and economics, demographic economics
PhD Economics, Northwestern University, 2003
“The effects of a universal child benefit on conceptions, abortions, and early maternal labor supply.” American Economic Journal: Economic Policy 5:3 (2013).
“The risk of divorce and household saving behaviour.” Journal of Human Resources 48:2 (2013): 404–434 (with B. Özcan).
“Immigration and housing booms: Evidence from Spain.” Journal of Regional Science 53:1 (2013): 37–59 (with F. Ortega).
“How do very open economies absorb large immigration flows? Evidence from Spanish regions.” Labour Economics 18 (2011): 57–70 (with F. Ortega).
“The effect of divorce laws on divorce rates in Europe.” European Economic Review 53 (2009): 127–138 (with T. Viitanen).
The evidence, though weak, favors legal, easy, unilateral divorceLibertad Gonzalez, December 2014Many countries have enacted legislation over the past few decades making divorce easier. Some countries have legalized divorce where it had previously been banned, and many have eased the conditions required for a divorce, such as allowing unilateral divorce (both spouses do not have to agree on the divorce). Divorce laws can regulate the grounds for divorce, division of property, child custody, and child support or maintenance payments. Reforms can have a range of social effects beyond increasing the divorce rate. They can influence female labor supply, marriage and fertility rates, child well-being, household saving, and even domestic violence and crime.MoreLess