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Miguel Sarzosa

Miguel Sarzosa

Limited Term Lecturer


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


Miguel teaches in the Economics Department 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. Miguel's research focuses on the impact various contexts have on the accumulation of skills in infants, children, and adolescents, and how these skills can affect their outcomes later in life. Miguel examines factors such as prenatal health, grade retention, in-classroom social interactions, teacher quality, gender norms, and discrimination. He investigates how children learn, how resource scarcity and peer interactions can affect learning, and how learning differentials affect success in adulthood. His work emphasizes socio-emotional skills (also known as noncognitive, or soft skills) as essential components of the learning process and critical drivers of social interactions and adult outcomes.

Journal Articles

  • Sarzosa, M (2023). "Sexual Orientation and Labor Market Disparities." Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization | 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 (2022). "Victimization and Skill Accumulation: The Case of School Bullying." Journal of Human Resources | 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.
  • Banan, A., Santavirta, T. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). "Childhood Gender Nonconformity and Gender Gaps in Life Outcomes." | Related Website |
  • Santavirta, T. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). "Effects of Disruptive Peers in Endogenous Social Networks." | Related Website |
  • Saltiel, F. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). "Grade Retention and Multidimensional Skill Formation in Young Children." | Related Website |
  • Lo, M., Miyamoto, K. and Sarzosa, M. (2023). "The Impact of Modernizing Koranic Schools on Cognitive and Socio-Emotional Development."
  • Purdue Expert: Bullying

    Miguel Sarzosa is an assistant professor of economics in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. In this video, he explains that childhood bullying occurs at a consistent rate around the world and has a measurable negative impact on skill development.

    Full story: Purdue Expert: Bullying

  • 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.

Office: KRAN 335

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