Libertad Gonzalez

Universitat Pompeu Fabra and Barcelona GSE, Spain, and IZA, Germany

I’m happy to be given this opportunity to disseminate the results of academic research so that policymakers and a wider public can have access to recent findings in the literature that can be policy relevant

IZA World of Labor role


Current position

Associate Professor (with tenure), Universitat Pompeu Fabra, since February 2010.

Research interest

Labor economics, public economics, applied econometrics, family economics, immigration economics, law and economics, demographic economics


PhD Economics, Northwestern University, 2003

Selected publications

  • “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).