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Miguel Sarzosa

Miguel Sarzosa

Assistant Professor of Economics


Ph.D. Economics, University of Maryland
M.Sc. Economics for Development, University of Oxford
B.A. Economics, Universidad de los Andes


Miguel is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Purdue University. He received his Ph.D. in 2015 from the University of Maryland - College Park.

Miguel's research fields are applied microeconomics and labor economics. He focuses on understanding how skills develop during childhood and adolescence. In particular, the estimation of the effects cognitive and non-cognitive skills have on social behaviors. His main research focuses on the effect skill endowments have on in-school victimization and workplace discrimination.


Journal Articles

  • Sarzosa, M (2022). Victimization and Skill Accumulation: The Case of School Bullying. Journal of Human Resources, | Related Website |
  • Castro-Zarzur, R. Espinoza, R. and Sarzosa, M. (2022). Unintended Consequences of Free College: Self-Selection into the Teaching Profession. Economics of Education Review., vol. 89 102260. | Related Website |
  • Sarzosa, M. & Urzua, S (2021). Bullying Among Adolescents: The Role of Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills. Quantitative Economics, vol. 12 (3), 945-980. | Related Website |
  • Rua, T., Sarzosa, M. & Urzua, S (2021). The Children of the Missed Pill. Journal of Health Economics, vol. 79 | Related Website |
  • Acosta, P. & Muller, N. & Sarzosa, M (2020). Beyond qualifications: returns to cognitive and socio-emotional skills in Colombia. Revista de Economía del Rosario, vol. 23 (1), 109-148. | Related Website |
  • Sarzosa, M. & Urzua, S (2016). Implementing Factor Models for Unobserved Heterogeneity in Stata. The Stata Journal, vol. 16 (1), 197-228. | Related Website |

Book Chapters

  • Saltiel S., M. Sarzosa & S. Urzua (2017). Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Abilities. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK. 21-42.

Working Papers

  • Banan, A., Santavirta, T. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). Childhood Gender Nonconformity and Gender Gaps in Life Outcomes. | Related Website |
  • Sarzosa, M (2023). Sexual Orientation and Labor Market Disparities. | Related Website |
  • Santavirta, T. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). Effects of Disruptive Peers in Endogenous Social Networks. | Related Website |
  • Lo, M., Miyamoto, K. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). The Impact of Modernizing Koranic Schools on Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Development.
  • Saltiel, F. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). Grade Retention and Multidimensional Skill Formation in Young Children. | Related Website |
  • Espinosa, R., Sarzosa, M. & Urzua, S The Casual Effects of Skills: An international Study.
  • Cunningham, W., M. Parra Torrado & M. Sarzosa Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills for the Peruvian Labor Market. | Related Website |
  • boy crying at school

    Bullying in school hampers skill development, healthy adulthood

    Kids who experience bullying are victims of injury or discomfort from peer teasing, harassment, and physical abuse. While some costs of bullying – school absenteeism, suicidal thoughts and actions – have been documented, little research has been done on the two-way relationship between bullying and skill accumulation in children. Miguel Sarzosa, an assistant professor of economics at Purdue University, finds that victimization depletes an average middle school child’s non-cognitive skills by 40 percent. This skill depletion causes the child to become 34 percent more likely to experience bullying again.

    Full story: Bullying in school hampers skill development, healthy adulthood

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Area(s) of Expertise

Labor Economics, Latent Factor Models, Applied Econometrics, Cognitive Skills