Alfonso Flores-Lagunes is a Professor of Economics and Senior Research
Associate at the Center for Policy Research. He has also been a research fellow at
the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) since 2008. Dr. Flores-Lagunes has
held faculty appointments at the State University of New York at Binghamton,
University of Florida, and University of Arizona. He has been a visiting
fellow at the Industrial Relations Section and the Department of Economics of
Princeton University, and visiting scholar and lecturer at Cornell, Ohio
State, LISER (Luxembourg), and the Central Bank of Mexico. He is an associate
editor of the Journal of Business
and Economic Statistics and the Latin American Economic Review.
Flores-Lagunes’ main research interest is on methods for estimation of causal effects
that are relevant to the evaluation of government programs. He also has a keen
interest on the economics of education and educational policies; and on
methodologies to analyze data distributed over space, such as those data
arising from interrelated choices by geographical jurisdictions. His academic work
has been published in highly regarded general interest and field journals such
as The Review of Economics and
Statistics, The Economic Journal, Journal
of Human Resources, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Journal of Applied Econometrics, and Review of Financial Studies. He
regularly serves as referee for academic journals, academic publishers, and
granting agencies such as the National Science Foundation.
government program evaluated by Dr. Flores-Lagunes is the U.S. federal Job
Corps training program for disadvantaged youth. Among other aspects of the
program, he has analyzed (i) the apparent lack of effects of Job
Corps on the earnings of Hispanics eligible participants (relative to
other racial and ethnic groups); (ii) the causal earnings effects of
different lengths of exposure to academic and vocational
instruction within Job Corps; (iii) the causal effects on wages (net of
employment effects) of the program on different demographic groups
of eligible participants; and (iv) the relative effectiveness of Job Corps
training leading to degree attainment relative to other components of
the program. Other
public programs and topics analyzed by Dr. Flores-Lagunes are: (a) the
incidence in and intensity of food insecurity experienced by different
demographic groups over the Great Recession; (b) the effects of the
availability of health insurance programs such as Medicaid; (c) the
interplay of genetic predisposition and education on obesity and mental health;
(d) the effects of military service and conscription policies on
incarcerations and health outcomes; (e) the national job training program for
the unemployed in South Korea; and (f) a large-scale and long-standing
government program for the unemployed in Luxembourg.
Flores-Lagunes’ research has received funding from the National
Science Foundation. In addition, he has been invited to give workshops for
public policy professionals on program evaluation topics in Luxembourg; and
selections of his research have been employed in workshops sponsored by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Alfonso received his Ph.D. in economics from The Ohio State University in 2001.
“Going Beyond LATE: Bounding Average Treatment
Effects of Job Corps Training” (with X. Chen and C.A. Flores).
Forthcoming, Journal of Human Resources.
"The Effect of Degree
Attainment on Crime: Evidence from a Randomized Social Experiment” (with V.
Amin, C.A. Flores, and D.J. Parisian), Economics of Education Review,
2016, 54: 259-273.
“A Spatial Model of School
District Open Enrollment Choice” (with D. Brasington and L. Guci), Regional
Science and Urban Economics, 2016, 56:1:18.
“Partial Identification of
Local Average Treatment Effects with an Invalid Instrument” (with C.A.
Flores). Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, Vol. 31,
October 2013, No. 4, pp. 534-545.
“Bounds on the Quantile
Treatment Effects of Job Corps on Wages” (with G. Blanco and C.A.
Flores), Journal of Human Resources, Vol. 48, 2013, No. 3, pp.
Research Grants and Awards
Co-Investigator. “Genes, Education, and Gene-Education Interactions in Obesity and Mental Health,” with Vikesh Amin, Principal Investigator, Carlos A. Flores, Co-Principal Investigator, Jere Behrman, Co-Principal Investigator and H-P Kohler, Co-Principal Investigator. NIH. 9/1/18 - 8/31/21
Co-Investigator. “Work Transitions in a Dynamic Labor Market,” Collaborative
effort with the iSchool and Principal Investigator, Martha A.
Garcia-Murillo. Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and
Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 5/1/18 - 4/30/20.
Co-Investigator. “Preparing for a Post-Work Future?” Collaborative effort with
the iSchool and Principal Investigator, Martha A. Garcia-Murillo. Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant
Program. 5/1/18 - 4/30/20.