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Alfonso Flores-Lagunes

Professor, Economics


Dr. Alfonso Flores-Lagunes is a Professor of Economics and Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) since 2008. Dr. Flores-Lagunes has held faculty appointments at 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.

Dr. 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.

An important 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.

Dr. 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.

Select Publications

“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. 659-701.