Sergio Urzua is a Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. His research focuses on labor economics, especially the role of abilities, skills, and uncertainty as determinants of schooling decisions, labor market outcomes, social behavior, and inequality. In addition, his applied research analyzes selection models with unobserved heterogeneity and the impact evaluation of social programs in developing and developed countries. His work has been published in leading academic journals. He is also Director of the Lacea Labor Network; Research Director of The Research Institute for Development, Growth, and Economics (RIDGE); Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Research Fellow at the Institute of Labor Economics (IZA); and International Research Fellow at Clapes-UC. 

Professor Urzua teaches Labor Economics at the Ph.D. level and Policy and Program Evaluation at the undergraduate level. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Chile and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Chicago. 

Areas of Interest

  • Applied Econometrics
  • Development
  • Labor

Degrees

  • Degree Type
    PhD
    Degree Details
    University of Chicago, 2007
  • Degree Type
    BA
    Degree Details
    University of Chile, 2000.
Course Name Course Title Semester Syllabus
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Fall 2024
ECON375 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination Fall 2024
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Spring 2024
ECON375 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination Spring 2024
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Fall 2023
ECON771 Advanced Labor Economics: Theory and Evidence Fall 2023
ECON417 Estimating Policy and Program Impact Fall 2023
ECON175 Inequality: Determinants and Policy Remedies Spring 2023
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Spring 2023
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Fall 2022
ECON771 Advanced Labor Economics: Theory and Evidence Fall 2022
ECON771 Advanced Labor Economics: Theory and Evidence Fall 2022
ECON417 Estimating Policy and Program Impact Fall 2022
ECON175 Inequality: Determinants and Policy Remedies Spring 2022
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Spring 2022
ECON423 Advanced Topics in Econometrics Fall 2021
ECON708 Advanced Topics in Applied and Theoretical Microeconomics Fall 2021
ECON771 Advanced Labor Economics: Theory and Evidence Fall 2021
ECON175 Inequality: Determinants and Policy Remedies Spring 2021

Former Students

  • Maria F. Prada
    Inter-American Development Bank
  • Miguel Sarzosa
    Purdue University
  • Giordano Palloni
    International Food Policy Research Institute
  • Ricardo Espinoza
    OECD
  • Cristian Sanchez
    ITAM, Mexico
  • Fernando Saltiel
    McGill University
  • Cynthia Boruchowicz
    Inter-American Development Bank
  • Sai Luo
    Shangai University of Finance and Economics

Related Students (Listed by Student on Student's Profile)

  • Sebastian Montano Correa
  • Alejandra Montoya Agudelo
  • Catalina Morales Lema
  • Jacqueline (The Linh Bao) Nguyen
  • Cristina Riquelme
Sergio Urzua
3115J Tydings Hall
Department of Economics
Email
surzua [at] umd.edu