Hugo Jales

Assistant Professor, Economics


Hugo Jales is an Assistant Professor of Economics and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Before beginning his Ph.D., Hugo studied economics in Brazil at Fundacao Getulio Vargas and Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. His main research interests are labor economics and applied econometrics. He is currently investigating the relationship between the minimum wage and unemployment, wage inequality, labor tax revenues, and the size of the informal sector. Hugo received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of British Colombia's Vancouver School of Economics in 2015.

Select Publications

"Estimating The Effects of The Minimum Wage In A Developing Country: A Density Discontinuity Design Approach." Jales, Hugo. (2018). Journal of Applied Econometrics. 33(1): 29-51.

"Measuring The Role of The 1959 Revolution On Cuba's Economic Performance." Jales, Hugo, T.H. Kang., G. Stein, & F. Garcia Ribeiro. (2018). The World Economy. 41(1): 2243-2274.

"Identification and Estimation Using a Density Discontinuity Approach." Jales, Hugo & Z. Yu. (2017). Regression Discontinuity Designs: Theory and Applications. Emerald Publishing Limited. 29-72.

"Optimal Bandwidth Selection For Local Linear Estimation of Discontinuity In Density." Jales, Hugo, J. Ma, and Z. Yu. (2017). Economics Letters. 153(1): 23-27.

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