Queens College, CUNY, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Author, Topic spokesperson
Childcare, Mentoring programs, At-risk youth, Risky behaviors, Active labor market programs, Vocational training, Persistence of culture on cognitive performance and risky behaviors, Fixed-term contracts, Motherhood penalty, Female labor force, Graduating during a recession, Part-time work, Flexible work arrangements
Catalan - Native speaker, Spanish - Native speaker, French - Non-native speaker, English - Non-native speaker
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Associate Professor at Queens College, CUNY, USA, and IZA Visiting Research Fellow, Germany
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Expert for the 2013 World Development Report; Presentation of own research in the colloque international sur “les politiques actives du marché du travail” à Paris. Organized by Antoine Magnier, director of the Department of Research, Studies and Statistics (DARES) of the French Ministry of Labor, Employment, Vocational Training and Social Dialogue, with the collaboration of Bruno Crépon and Thomas Le Barbanchon (CREST, Paris)
Assistant Professor, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2004–2012; Researcher, Mathematica Policy Research, 2000–2004; Economist, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, 1998–2000
PhD Economics, Boston University, 1999
“Longer-term impacts of mentoring, educational services, and learning incentives: Evidence from a randomized trial in the U.S.” American Economic Journal: Applied Economics 4:4 (2012): 121–139.
“The motherhood earnings dip: Evidence from administrative data.” Journal of Human Resources 48:1 (2013): 169–197 (with D. Fernández-Kranz and A. Lacuesta).
“Youth unemployment and vocational training.” Foundations and Trends in Microeconomics 9:1–2 (2013): 1–157 (with K. F. Zimmermann, C. Biavaschi, W. Eichhorst, C. Giulietti, M. J. Kendzia, A. Muravyev, J. Pieters, and R. Schmidl).
“The part-time penalty in a segmented labor market.” Labour Economics 18 (2011): 591–606 (with D. Fernández-Kranz).
“Channels through which public employment services and small-business assistance programs work.” Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics 72:4 (2010): 458–485.
Do youth mentoring programs change the perspectives and improve the life opportunities of at-risk youth?
While most effects are positive, they tend to be modest and fade over time—in addition, some mentoring programs can backfireNúria Rodríguez-Planas, May 2014Mentoring programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America have been providing positive role models and building social skills for more than a century. However, most formal mentoring programs are relatively novel and researchers have only recently begun to rigorously evaluate their impact on changing at-risk youth’s perspectives and providing opportunities for them to achieve better life outcomes. While a variety of mentoring and counseling programs have emerged around the world in recent years, knowledge of their effectiveness remains incomplete.MoreLess